TSA to allow pocket knives, sporting equipment as carry-on

Razor blades and box cutters still banned on flights

POSTED: 12:27 PM PDT Mar 11, 2013    UPDATED: 09:48 PM PST Mar 06, 2013 
TSA, airport security

For the first time since Sept. 11, 2001 a small knife will be allowed as a carry-on item at American airports.

The Transportation Security Administration said the change will allow security officers to better focus their efforts on finding higher threat items such as explosives.

The blade on TSA approved pocket knives must be 6 centimeters or shorter and less than a half-inch in width. Razor blades and box cutters, like those used by hijackers on 9-11, will still be banned.

The new change in policy also applies to some sports equipment.  Up to two golf clubs, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks or pool cues will be allowed in carry-on luggage. Toy bats will be allowed, if they measure less than 24 inches and weigh less than 24 ounces.

The changes take effect April 25 and will bring the U.S. into alignment with international rules.