• TSA rescinds plan to allow small knives on planes

    CWT Savvy Traveler
    The Transportation Security Administration is abandoning its efforts to allow small knives and certain pieces of sporting equipment to be carried onto flights originating in the United States.

    TSA Homeland Security logoThe TSA had announced in March that it would be relaxing the rules on prohibited items, including small knives with retractable blades shorter than 2.36 inches and narrower than one-half inch; and select sporting equipment, such as ski poles and up to two golf clubs. The rules were originally slated to take effect April 25, but were then delayed. Today, the TSA administrator announced it was no longer looking to make those changes.

    “We will continue to take steps to improve our ever-evolving security posture while also improving the experience of the traveling public,” TSA administrator John Pistole said in a statement. “Risk-based security enhances the travel experience while allowing TSA to continue to keep passengers safe by focusing on those we know less about.”

    The planned changes met with opposition from several constituent groups, including flight attendants, airline CEOs and lawmakers.

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