The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has finally relented and decided to drop plans for lifting the ban on small-knives after facing stiff opposition from airline crew associations, passenger safety groups and politicians, according to Politico.
TSA head John Pistole said in a statement that it decided to reverse the previous decision to lift the cabin ban after discussions with law enforcement, passengers and other stakeholders.
In April, the TSA delayed lifting the ban on knives with blades smaller than 2.36 inches as well as some other objects such as golf-clubs after facing widespread criticism.
The decision to lift the ban was taken in early March. TSA tried to defend its decision by saying permitting small pocketknives would allow “TSA officers to better focus their efforts on finding higher threat items such as explosives.”