Knives, Bats, and Golf Clubs to be Allowed on Planes
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said it will allow airline passengers to carry a number of items including small pocketknives and golf clubs onto passenger planes. The change in policy represents the first time since September 11, 2001 that these items, along with hockey sticks and plastic baseball bats, will no longer be confiscated at the nation’s security checkpoints.
Starting on April 25, passengers will be able to take knives with retractable blades shorter than 6 centimeters or 2.36” and narrower than 1/2 inch. The change allows the TSA to conform with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards.
Other currently prohibited items including lacrosse sticks, billiard cues, and hockey sticks, and ski poles will also be allowed. Each passenger can bring two golf clubs with him through the checkpoint.
The TSA said that the change will allow its workers at security checkpoints to focus their efforts on “finding higher threat items such as explosives” in a statement issued yesterday.
The change drew immediate criticism from airline employees. The policy change is “a poor and shortsighted decision by the TSA,” said the Flight Attendants Union Coalition, representing five labor groups, in a statement. “We believe that these proposed changes will further endanger the lives of all flight attendants and the passengers we work so hard to keep safe and secure.”
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