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TSA Tables Plan to Allow Knives on Planes

• David Kravets via WIRED.com
 

The Transportation Security Administration is delaying a plan that would have allowed passengers, beginning Thursday, to bring small knives and sporting goods on flights.

The TSA, in a statement issued Tuesday to Wired, said the agency is postponing the plan to consider feedback from a committee of stakeholders. Air marshals and flight attendants, for example, have expressed displeasure with the plan, which TSA administrator John Pistole said last month was the result of “an enhanced understanding of current intelligence.”

The agency did not say if the rules would ever be implemented.

Just last month, the agency responsible for airline security screening announced the easing of carry-on restrictions that would also allow ski poles, lacrosse sticks, billiard cues and up to two golf clubs to be carried on commercial flights. Small pocket knives less than 2.36 inches and under a half-inch wide also were to be permissible as long as the blade didn’t lock. Box cutters remained a no-no.

The TSA said it confiscates around 2,000 small knives from passengers a day.

Baseball bats were excluded because, apparently, a hijacker could do more damage with that than a hockey stick, pool cue, golf club or small knife.

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