Pocket knives allowed back on US flights but check your size

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 | Comments Off on Pocket knives allowed back on US flights but check your size

Swiss Army Knife

Passengers will be allowed to take pocket knives on US commercial flights from next month. TSA will allow knives that do not lock, and have blades that are 2.36 inches or 6cm or less in length and are less than 1/2 inch in width, however the standard Swiss Army pocket knife has a 7cm main blade so will still be prohibited in the air.

In a dramatic turnaround the US Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) advised that travellers will be allowed to carry folding pocket knives onto US passenger aircraft for the first time since September 2001. The TSA, which is in charge of airport security in the US, is making the changes to conform with international standards, agency chief John Pistole told a conference in New York.

A TSA statement said: “Through TSA’s layered approach to security, and to align more closely with International Civil Aviation Organization standards, effective April 25, 2013 TSA will allow knives that do not lock, and have blades that are 2.36 inches or 6cm 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. 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.”

These changes will come into effect from April 25th, 2013

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