TSA delaying policy that would allow small knives on planes

Posted at 8:50 PM, Apr 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-22 20:50:00-04
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The Transportation Security Administration issued these guidelines in March to show which knives will and won’t be allowed on planes starting Thursday. The change has been put on hold. (Transportation Security Administration)

(LA TIMES) — The Transportation Security Administration will temporarily delay a policy change that would have allowed passengers to carry small folding knives onto planes.

In a letter to TSA employees, TSA chief John Pistole said he decided to maintain, at least temporarily, the ban on knives on planes after a meeting Monday with an aviation security panel. The changes were scheduled to take effect Thursday.

Pisotle’s letter did not say when he might reconsider easing the knife ban. TSA officials declined to comment.

After meeting with a panel of aviation experts, he said, “so we can incorporate their input and to continue training requirements nationwide, I have decided to temporarily delay implementing the prohibited items changes.”

The changes, announced last month, would have allowed passengers to carry folding knives with blades 2.36 inches or shorter and less than half an inch wide, as well as pool cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks, golf clubs and novelty-size bats.

Until further notice, the items remained banned from the cabin of commercial planes.

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