TSA Will Permit Knives, Golf Clubs on U.S. Planes

tsa-logoThe U.S. Transportation Security Administration will let people carry small pocketknives onto passenger planes for the first time since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, along with golf clubs, hockey sticks and plastic Wiffle Ball-style bats.

The agency will permit knives with retractable blades shorter than 6 centimeters (2.4 inches) and narrower than 1/2 inch at the widest point, TSA Administrator John Pistole said today at an aviation security conference in Brooklyn. The change, to conform with international rules, will take effect April 25.

Pistole, the former No. 2 official at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has stressed the use of intelligence and “risk- based” security during his tenure leading TSA. The agency is moving away from uniform procedures that apply to every passenger and toward efforts to perform background checks on passengers before they arrive at an airport.

Overseas passengers will no longer have to check the qualifying knives as they pass through the U.S. The agency will still prohibit some knives, including those with locking blades or molded handles, Pistole said. Box cutters, like those used by the Sept. 11 terrorists, and razor blades will still be banned.

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  1. Roger Mitchell says:

    Cool now the next time some rag heads wearing tablecloth’s and fan belt’s on their heads pull out a box cutter to hijack another flight now at least maybe Arnold Palmer or Obama will be on board and have a putter or driver or 7 iron to fend them off ? Who the hell carries a bag of golf clubs on a plane as carry on baggage ?
    But don’t try to take a bottle of shampoo on there ,, Idiots all of them like the cripple leading the blind in Wash. D.C nowadays Firkin idiots .. These people actually get paid a salary to think up this stupidity ? If they do get paid you know they are Federal employees as any private company would not hire anyone so damn stupid ..