carry on bagsThe TSA has just announced that starting April 25, 2013 they will be relaxing the security restrictions for what can be packed in carry on luggage. Small pocket knives, hockey sticks, and golf clubs are among the items that will soon be allowed. The new rules are meant to ease congestion at security checkpoints and bring U.S. aviation security standards more in line with those of the International Civil Aviation Organization.

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.

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