TSA to allow some pocket knives, sports equipment in carry-ons

Published On: Mar 11 2013 08:40:25 AM HST   Updated On: Mar 05 2013 02:48:28 PM HST

TSA Blog

These are the knives allowed in carry-on luggage starting on April 25.

The Transportation Security Administration announced Tuesday that its list of prohibited items in carry-on bags will change starting on April 25, according to the TSA Blog.

TSA established a committee to review the prohibited items list based on an overall risk-based security approach.

TSA Administrator John S. Pistole made the decision to allow the following items in carry-on luggage beginning on April 25:

  • 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)

TSA says this is part of an overall Risk-Based Security approach, which allows TSA 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 standards.

The following 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.

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Mobile users can click here to see examples of what will be allowed and prohibited.

Mobile users can also click here to vote in our online poll about what you think of the changes.


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