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TSA to Allow Small Knives and Sports Equipment in Carry-On Luggage

Update 4/23: TSA has delayed the implementation of the new rule to allow people to carry small knives on planes. 

Starting April 25, the Transportation Security Administration will allow airline passengers to carry several previously banned items in their carry-on bags.

These items include

  • Small knives
  • Novelty-sized and toy bats
  • Billiard cues
  • Ski poles
  • Hockey sticks
  • Lacrosse sticks
  • Two golf clubs

To be permitted in a carry-on bag, knives must have blades that are shorter than 2.36 inches (6 cm) in length and are less than half an inch wide. Knives with locking blades or fixed grips and razors and box cutters are still not permitted and must be stored in a checked bag. Learn more about what knives can be carried on planes

In order to be carried on, bats must weigh less than 24 ounces. Full-size baseball, softball and cricket bats are still prohibited in carry-on luggage and must be checked. Learn more about sports equipment carry-on requirements

The changes were put in place to allow TSA agents to focus on finding items that pose a larger threat, such as explosives.

If you’re unsure if your knife or sports equipment meets the carry-on requirements, the TSA recommends that you store the item in a checked bag and encourages you to check with your airline for any additional restrictions.