John Pistole made headlines on Tuesday when he announced a series of changes to the TSA's 12-year-old policy on knives and sporting equipment on planes.
Starting April 25, certain retractable knives, novelty bats and sporting sticks will be allowed as carry-on items for the first time since 9/11. Fliers reacted on Tuesday, saying that the new rule was "common sense." One traveler arriving in Los Angeles after a trip from Colorado told the Associated Press, "You can make anything into a knife so I don't have a problem with it at all. You can sharpen a credit card to make a sharp implement."
The TSA issued a statement about the policy, saying:
Through TSA’s layered approach to security, and to align more closely with International Civil Aviation Organization standards, effective April 25, 2013 TSA will allow knives that do not lock, and have blades that are 2.36 inches or 6 centimeters or less in length and are less than 1/2 inch in width, novelty-sized and toy bats, billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and two golf clubs as part of their carry-on baggage. 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.
Additionally, the TSA released images of just what these changes mean on their blog. Here are a few items travelers could soon be schlepping onto planes.