TSA Drops Plan To Allow Pocket Knives On Airplanes

BOSTON (CBS) —  The government has dropped its plan to allow travelers to carry small pocket knives, bats and golf clubs onto planes.

The Transportation Security Administration confirms to CBS that after outcry from several groups, most notably flight attendants unions, as well as some members of Congress, they decided to drop the planned changes.

In a statement to CBS, the TSA said it values the input of partners and travelers.

The TSA released the following statement on Wednesday:

After extensive engagement with the Aviation Security Advisory Committee, law enforcement officials, passenger advocates, and other important stakeholders, TSA will continue to enforce the current prohibited items list. TSA’s top priority continues to be expansion of efforts to implement a layered, Risk-Based Security approach to passenger screening while maximizing resources. Risk-Based Security enhances the travel experience while allowing TSA to continue to keep passengers safe by focusing on those we know less about, and we will continue to take steps to improve our ever evolving security posture while also improving the experience of the traveling public.

In March, the TSA said it would roll back the ban on pocket knives and other items.

The change would have put the United States’ guidelines in keeping with European regulations


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