TSA to allow small knives, sporting gear on planes

Image: cdwaldi/flickr For the first time since the Sept. 11,…

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Image: cdwaldi/flickr

For the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, federal airport screeners will allow passengers to carry onto a plane small knives, as well as golf clubs, hockey sticks and pool cues.

The policy change, which will take effect April 25, was immediately criticized by flight attendants, who say the move will create an unnecessary risk and further crowd the already limited space in the overhead bins.

“While we agree that a passenger wielding a small knife or swinging a golf club or hockey stick poses less of a threat to the pilot locked in the cockpit, these are real threats to passengers and flight attendants in the passenger cabin,” said Stacy K. Martin, president of Southwest Airlines’ flight attendants union, TWU Local 556.

Source: Hugo Martin for The Los Angeles Times

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  • Andre’ M. Dall’au

    Here is the criteria, but I think there are more so look it up before you travel, and remember that the ex-DMV TSA agent who has had six minutes of orientation, is not a sworn LE officer, but can turn your travel day into a stripped search nightmare, is going to be the one who passes judgement on what you have, so they might be wrong, but you are the one out your grand-dad’s pocketknife.

    TSA Administrator John Pistole, speaking at a conference in Brooklyn, N.Y., announced the policy change to permit knives with retractable blades of less than 2.36 inches (6 centimeters) and narrower than a half-inch; sticks used to play lacrosse; billiard cues; ski poles; and as many as two golf clubs in passenger cabins.

    The change, which brings the United States into conformance with international rules, becomes effective April 25.

  • Andre’ M. Dall’au

    So we still have to shuffle around in our socks while holding up our beltless pants while making sure we avoid eye contact and making small talk with TSA agents to prevent them from yanking us aside for some perceived lack of cooperation or other subjective criteria that will do nothing but make you miss your next flight.

    For over a year the TSA has had a program in place for some frequent fliers that allow these select people to breeze through without stripping, laying out your gear like a Parris Island inspection or having some total stranger ogle your XRayed body.

    The TSA could easily start getting real, cost effective and traveler-friendly and this is a start. Now they need to get the new program mainstreamed and available for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have met the criteria for relaxed screening.

  • Freddie Mac

    How small a knife? I’ve got a small spyderco that would be perfect for flying.

  • Gregory

    Stacy,get over it!

  • Gregory

    Too F***ing bad Stacey.