Tsa Backs Off Allowing Pocket Knives On Planes

TSA stands by knife decision

After loud protests by flight attendants and some in Congress, the Transportation Security Administration has backed down from its plan to allow small knives and sports equipment like hockey sticks and golf clubs in airplane cabins. TSA said Wednesday the prohibition on those items would remain in place. TSAs top priority continues to be expansion of efforts to implement a layered, risk-based security approach to passenger screening while maximizing resources, the agency said in a statement. TSA Administrator John Pistole, a former top FBI official, had in March proposed dropping the ban on small knives and other items now routinely confiscated at checkpoints. Mr.
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A threat assessment determined that allowing small knives in cabins would not result in catastrophic damage to aircraft, the agency said. But after consulting with Federal Air Marshal Service leaders, the TSA opted to continue excluding knives that most closely resemble weapons, specifically knives with blades that lock in place, or have molded hand grips. Pistole also decided to keep box cutters and razor blades on the prohibited items list because of their “emotional” connection with the September 11, 2001, said Castelveter.
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Types of Knives for the Homestead

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Knives on a plane? Really?

Larger knives will still be prohibited.

TSA chief John Pistole said the changes, which will take effect April 25 and will bring the United States into alignment with international rules, are in keeping with his “risk-based security” approach. Putting less focus on these items will permit airport screeners to focus on looking for bomb components, which present a greater threat to aircraft. New rule doesn’t go far enough, former chief says Sharp objects can no longer bring down aircraft, former TSA chief Kip Hawley told CNN , and the search for knives interferes with the search for objects that can threaten aircraft. “They ought to let everything on that is sharp and pointy. Battle axes, machetes … bring anything you want that is pointy and sharp because while you may be able to commit an act of violence, you will not be able to take over the plane. It is as simple as that,” said Hawley, who oversaw the TSA from mid-2005 through early 2009.
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