The Transportation Security Administration has postponed plans announced in March to allow passengers to carry small knives aboard airlines. The TSA pulled back on its plan after receiving strong criticism from flight attendants, air marshals and other groups.
The new rules were to go into effect on April 25. They would have allowed passengers to bring knives with non-locking blades shorter than 2.36 inches in length and less than a half-inch in width aboard, along with hockey sticks and baseball bats. Razor blades, box cutters and knives with molded grips were to have remained prohibited.
The delay allows groups representing the airline industry, passengers and law enforcement to comment on the change in regulations. In a statement, the TSA says, “In order to accommodate further input from the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC), which includes representatives from the aviation community, passenger advocates, law enforcement experts, and other stakeholders, TSA will temporarily delay implementation of changes to the Prohibited Items List, originally scheduled to go into effect April 25. This timing will enable TSA to incorporate the ASAC’s feedback about the changes to the Prohibited Items List and continue workforce training.”