The new rules will kick into place in late April and include knives and sports equipment like golf clubs and souvenir baseball bats
John Pistole is the head of the TSA, he says permitting those kinds of things will help with priorities “that may detract us from that item that could be catastrophic failure to an aircraft.”
Pistole said the rules on knives will be very specific “a blade that at six centimeters comes out to 2.36 inches is similar to our 100 milliliters or 3.4 ounces.”
And that’s not all “of course the iconic corkscrew with a blade, those will now be allowed” Pistole added.
One group doesn’t like the change. Flight attendants say that pilots may be safe in the cockpit, they will be at greater risk with the small blades onboard.
Below is part of the TSA release with the changes.
TSA established a committee to review the prohibited items list based on an overall risk-based security approach. After the review, TSA Administrator John S. Pistole made the decision to start allowing the following items in carry-on bags beginning April 25th:
- Small Pocket Knives – Small knives with non-locking blades smaller than 2.36 inches and less than 1/2 inch in width will be permitted
- Small Novelty Bats and Toy Bats
- Ski Poles
- Hockey Sticks
- Lacrosse Sticks
- Billiard Cues
- Golf Clubs (Limit Two)
This is part of an overall Risk-Based Security approach, which allows Transportation Security Officers to better focus their efforts on finding higher threat items such as explosives. This decision aligns TSA more closely with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards.
These similar items will still remain on the prohibited items list:
- Razor blades and box cutters will remain prohibited in carry-on luggage.
- Full-size baseball, softball and cricket bats are prohibited items in carry-on luggage.