The United States’ Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has eased some restrictions on prohibited items for carry-on allowance.
As of April 25, 2013, the restrictions on certain items become more lenient. Many of these items have been banned for carry-on accompaniment after the 2001 terrorist attacks. Below is a breakdown of the key points announced by TSA Administrator John Pistole today at an industry meeting in New York:
- Small pocketknives, with blades that are 2.36 inches (6 cm) or shorter and less than a 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) wide will be permitted on U.S. flights, providing that the blade is not fixed and/or lock into place and the handle does not have a molded grip. Box cutters and razor blades are still restricted.
- “Sports sticks,” including ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks, baseball bats, golf clubs, and pool cues, will be allowed as carry-on luggage. Some of these items are limited to a quantity of 2 per person.
- “Novelty” baseball bats will now be allowed. Bats must be either 24 inches or shorter in length or weigh 24 ounces or less.