TSA allows small knives in carry on bags

Travelers can now take “small knives” in their carry-on luggage, under a rule change announced this week by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

“This is part of an overall Risk-Based Security approach, which allows Transportation Security Officers to better focus their efforts on finding higher threat items such as explosives,” the agency said in its statement outlining its rationale. The change, effective April 25, also aligns “more closely with International Civil Aviation Organization standards.”

With the change, the TSA “will allow knives that do not lock, and have blades that are 2.36 inches or 6 centimeters or less in length and are less than 1/2 inch in width, novelty-sized and toy bats, billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and two golf clubs as part of their carry-on baggage.”

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