TSA Drops Plan to Allow Small Knives on Planes


upi.com
June 7, 2013

Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole said Wednesday he is abandoning a plan to allow small knives in carry-on luggage on U.S. flights.

The TSA said in March it would focus more on “higher threat items” and allow passengers, beginning April 25, to carry “knives that do not lock, and have blades that are 2.36 inches or 6 centimeters or less in length and are less than 1/2 inch in width” — as well as “novelty-sized and toy bats, billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and two golf clubs” as part of their carry-on baggage.

The announcement said the change was intended to align U.S. rules “more closely with International Civil Aviation Organization standards” and reduce the amount of time required for passengers to go through screening.

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