According to MSNBC, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is going to allow small knives and other previously-prohibited sports equipment onto airplanes as carry-on items. It is the first time since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 that such items are permissible on flights.
Airplane passengers will be allowed to carry-on knives that measure less than 2.36 inches long and less than a half-an-inch wide. Knives of greater sizes, as well as knives with locking blades and molding handles, are still being prohibited, however. Additionally, box cutters and razor blades are still not allowed by the TSA.
Of the sports equipment that is going to be allowed onboard, the TSA will allow billiard cues, ski poles, lacrosse sticks, hockey sticks, and up to two golf clubs. Toy baseball bats, such as wiffle-ball bats that are often in the form of travelers’ souvenirs and novelties are now going to be allowed as well.
The new law will take effect on April 25, 2013. It was expressed that the new law will give TSA agents the ability to concentrate on real items of public safety while reducing public criticism of the government’s overreach regarding banned items on airplanes.