TSA Delays New Ruling Allowing Small Knives on U.S. Airliners

by May 1, 2013 05/1/13

If you were excited about being able bring your small pocket knife on your next flight, you may want to sit down. Many of you know that the Transportation Security Administration recently made an announcement saying they would allow certain small knives aboard commercial flights starting April 25th, 2013.

That decisions is currently on hold indefinitely.  

This news came just a few days before the new rule would have gone into effect. The TSA made the following statement on their website:

“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.”

John S. Pistole, the T.S.A. administrator, has stated, “A small pocketknife is simply not going to result in the catastrophic failure of an aircraft.” [CNN]

Many groups have been calling for the repeal of this new rule stating that allowing small knives on planes will cause longer security lines and increase potential hazards for everyone.

The TSA replied: “This is part of an overall Risk-Based Security approach, which allows Transportation Security Officers to better focus their efforts on finding higher threat items such as explosives.” [ABC]

Arizona Representative Matt Salmon just wrote a  Dear Colleague letter that puts things nicely:

[Click here to download the original PDF]

Fight For Your Knife Rights

Write your Representative and Senators in support of the TSA’s allowance of knives on planes  and let’s keep up the pressure to make this a reality!

 


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HerrMannelig
HerrMannelig

No knife policies of the government, schools, and private organizations are the highest in foolishness. It creates a lot of work with no security benefit.

HerrMannelig
HerrMannelig

No knife policies of the government, schools, and private organizations are the highest in foolishness. It creates a lot of work with no security benefit. 


Nathan Frith
Nathan Frith

Typical nanny state response. No surprise it is sponsored by a politician from MA.

Dave
Dave

I could have used this article last Monday before I had to give TSA my Gerber Curve (which locks so my dumb a$$ should have lost it anyway)

Shawn
Shawn

What bugs me the most is that the TSA doesn't have any way for you to recover your property. I love looking on eBay and seeing listings for knives that claim to be from TSA agents,etc.

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