Monday, March 18, 2013

Small Pocket Knives – More Support Than You Might Think

Small Pocket Knives.
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Note: Small pocket knives and some sporting goods remain on the TSA Prohibited Items List and may be transported in your checked baggage.

TSA is always assessing our policies, ensuring that they are based on the latest intelligence, best practices, and focused on mitigating the most serious threats to the traveling public. Of course anytime we modify these policies, the public has questions regarding the reason why.

Earlier this month TSA announced the latest modification to our ongoing efforts to provide the most effective security to the traveling public. The implementation of the change has been delayed, but TSA will relax restrictions on certain items previously prohibited as part of its ever evolving efforts to focus on items that pose the highest threat. Relaxed restrictions will apply to knives that do not lock, and have blades that are 2.36 inches or 6 centimeters or lessin 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.

On the Hill this week, Administrator Pistole said we know the aviation threat is, “from nonmetallic improvised explosive devices such as the liquids explosive plot we saw from the U.K. in 2006, the bomb used by the so-called Underwear Bomber on Christmas Day 2009, the toner cartridge printer bombs from Yemen placed onto our air cargo flights destined for Chicago in October 2010 and most recently, the improved next generation underwear device also from Yemen intended for a passenger jet on its way to the U.S....” 

We have yet to see a single incident where a passenger was injured using a knitting needle or scissors. Small knives have been permitted in Europe for some time now, with no incidents that we are aware of. In fact, the GAO published a report that said there had been zero security incidents where these items had been used aboard an aircraft.

Here’s some additional reading material with outside input made this week:

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