Covered at Reason 24/7: TSA Caves to Swiss Army Lobby; Small Knives Allowed Back on Planes

Along with some sports equipment


The Transportation Security Administration has been seizing about 47 small knives a day just from Los Angeles International Airport, according to the department's own numbers. That's going to drop significantly. TSA administrator John Pistole announced today that airline passengers will be allowed to carry small knives, as well as some types of sports equipment, that is currently banned from carry-on baggage.

Fox News reports:

Starting April 25, passengers going through U.S. airports can bring on board Swiss Army-type knives—specifically, ones with blades no longer than 2.36 inches. 

This marks the first time such knives have been allowed on board since security was heavily increased in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. …

"Frankly, I don't want TSA agents to be delayed by these," he said. 

The agency said the changes were made as part of its "overall risk-based security approach" and to align with the international standards and those of European countries. 

Box-cutters will still be banned. Not reported but personal prediction: Many TSA agents will continue to confiscate the knives regardless of the policy change.

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