TSA relaxing carry-on rules for first time since 9/11

Published On: Mar 05 2013 05:04:28 PM PST   Updated On: Mar 05 2013 06:04:54 PM PST
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Small knives and 9 Irons: For the first time since 9/11, the TSA is relaxing rules about what you can carry on a plane.

For the first time in more than a decade, the TSA will now allow small pocket knives and certain sporting goods on airplanes. Starting April 25, airline passengers will be able to carry pocket knives with blades less than six centimeters in length.

Razor blades and box cutters are still banned.

Passengers will also be allowed to bring up to two golf clubs as well as ski poles and hockey and lacrosse sticks on board.

On the other travelers won't be allowed to carry on baseball bats, but wiffle bats and souvenir bats will be allowed.

The TSA said these popular items don't present a risk to transportation security and that's why they decided to change the rules.

Not everyone agrees, including the Flight Attendants Union Coalition, which represents 90,000 flight attendants. That organization is called the TSA's changes "poor and shortsighted."

At a conference Tuesday, a TSA administrator says items like small pocket knives delay TSA agents. He said that screeners at Los Angeles International Airport seize 47 small knives each day and they hope the new rules will help speed up the screening process.