The US Transport Safety Administration has reviewed its prohibited items rules and will now permit small pocketknives in carry-ons beginning from April 25. The new items now allowed onboard include small pocket knives with non-locking blades (less than 2.36 inches in length and 1/2 inch in width), small novelty bats, toy bats, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks, billiard cues and golf clubs.
Razor blades, box cutters and full-size baseball, softball and cricket bats will continue to be prohibited as carry-on luggage.
Thus is the most significant relaxation of prohibited items regulations introduced after the 9/11 hijackings.
USA Today reports that the Flight Attendants Union Coalition, which represents nearly 90,000 US flight attendants, has criticized the TSA move as shortsighted and said that it endangers passengers and cabin crew.