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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.

Keep Your Personal Information Safe Online

The Internet provides unprecedented levels of connectivity and information across many channels, such as email and social networks, and it also helps us accomplish everyday tasks like paying bills, filing taxes and much more. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), which encourages you to always pay attention when you’re sharing information on the internet.

NCSAM is a reminder that emerging cyber threats require shared responsibility to help create a safer cyber environment. Each week of October has focused on a specific cyber security theme; this week focuses on the need to develop cyber security education programs to help train the next generation.

The Department of Homeland Security suggests the following tips to help keep you and your information safe online:

  • Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone.
  • Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
  • Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
  • Be cautious about what you receive or read online – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Learn more about National Cyber Security Awareness Month and find out about all of the safety themes highlighted this month.