US to allow small knives to be carried onto airplanes
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The United States (US) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said on Tuesday that travellers can soon bring small pocket knives on board airplanes for the first time since the Sept 11 attacks, sparking outrage from flight attendants who said the decision would endanger passengers and crew.
The TSA said effective April 25, it would allow small knives with blades that are 6 cm or less in length and less than 1-1/4 cm wide.
Other items that will be allowed on board again as part of a passenger's carry-on luggage include billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks and lacrosse sticks.
Items that had been prohibited like razors, box cutters or knives with a fixed blade are still not allowed on board.