This change will take effect April 25. The new guidelines state that knives with blades that are 2.36 inches or shorter and less than a half-inch wide will be permitted on U.S. airline flights as long as the blade is not fixed or does not lock into place. See the image to the right from the TSA blog that outlines more specifically which types of knives will be permitted.
In addition to certain knives being allowed, golf clubs (up to two), toy bats, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks or pool cues will also be allowed in carry-on luggage.
As a travel agent, I haven’t personally heard much feedback regarding this change but I have read a lot about the debate from both the airline employee and traveler perspectives. There have even been several requests from travelers, airlines and airline employees for TSA to reverse this decision.
I would love to hear your thoughts and feelings regarding this rule change. Will you begin traveling with any of these items? How will you feel if your seat mate is carrying one of them?
For more information on these new guidelines, visit TSA’s blog posting about it here.