CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Transportation Safety Administration revised the prohibited items list to include the passage of small knives, souvenir-sized toy bats and some sporting equipment.
According to the TSA website, “TSA continues to evolve and strengthen its multi-layered approach to aviation security – through better technology, expanded data analysis capabilities and an enhanced understanding of current intelligence.”
After their latest review, based on an overall risk-based security approach, effective April 25, TSA will allow knives with a non-locking blade no longer than 2.36 inches, or 6 centimeters in length and no wider than a half-inch at its widest point. Fixed blades and knives with molded grips will not be allowed.
Essentially, the provision will allow standard, small pocket knives. Razor blades and box cutters are still not allowed.
As far as sporting equipment, the evolution will allow lacrosse sticks, pool sticks/cues, up to two golf clubs, hockey sticks and ski poles.
Novelty and toy bats measuring less than 24-inches in length and weighing less than 24 ounces will be permitted for carry-on.
The revision of the prohibited items list aligns TSA standards with the International Civil Aviation Organization standards and all of the European counterparts.
The Association of Professional Flight Attendants, representing more than 16,000 American Airlines employees, urged TSA Administrator John Pistole to re-evaluate the new policy.
“The APFA and our colleagues at other Flight Attendant unions have enjoyed a close working relationship with TSA since its inception,” said APFA President Laura Glading. “That’s why I’m a little puzzled that such a momentous decision would be made without consulting us. In addition to being industry stakeholders, first responders, and September 11th victims, Flight Attendants are a resource. Nobody knows what it takes to keep passengers safe better than we do.”
The APFA says they welcome the periodic review of banned items, but rejects the proposal to allow knives of any kind in the cabin. Additionally, the APFA says allowing the large sporting goods will “lead to a more stressful and potentially dangerous environment for air travelers and employees.”
The APFA says they plan to address their concerns with the TSA as soon as possible.