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Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
TSA to allow pocketknives, some sports equipment on 03/05/2013 14:15:10 MST Print View

http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/05/travel/tsa-carry-on-changes/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: TSA to allow pocketknives, some sports equipment on 03/05/2013 14:17:09 MST Print View

Maybe I can find a folding machete.

--B.G.--

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Re: Re: TSA to allow pocketknives, some sports equipment on 03/05/2013 14:26:32 MST Print View

"Maybe I can find a folding machete."

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Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Great News -- And the Return of Sanity on 03/05/2013 14:42:05 MST Print View

I always carry on my hiking pack. Until now, I do have to check my hiking poles and blade into a cardboard tube. Looks like I will soon be able to dispense with the entire baggage check and claim process!

Jeremy B.
(requiem) - F

Locale: Northern California
Re: TSA to allow pocketknives, some sports equipment on 03/05/2013 14:46:41 MST Print View

Takes effect April 25, useful items include small swiss army knives, trekking poles, and Wiffle bats. A locking blade is still verboten; do the blades on the mini leatherthings lock?

(I like the idea of carrying a Wiffle bat for security.)

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
Re: TSA to allow pocketknives, some sports equipment on 03/05/2013 15:50:04 MST Print View

Golf balls and tube socks?

Whack! Wiffle bat boy.

Jake D
(JakeDatc) - F

Locale: Bristol,RI
Re: Re: TSA to allow pocketknives, some sports equipment on 03/05/2013 15:55:36 MST Print View

you can remove the locking ring on Opinels and put it back on after :) though my #6 is 7cm so that might get picked up.

Edited by JakeDatc on 03/05/2013 15:57:09 MST.

David Olsen
(oware)

Locale: Steptoe Butte
Re: Re: TSA to allow pocketknives, some sports equipment on 03/05/2013 16:17:23 MST Print View

A locking blade is still verboten; do the blades on the mini leatherthings lock?"

Leatherman tools were believed to be used by two of the 911 hijackers they said in the article. They are probably considered
assault knives.

I wonder if Wenger and Victorinox sent some PAC money in?

Stuart .
(lotuseater) - M

Locale: Where the air is thin
Cricket bats on 03/05/2013 16:51:08 MST Print View

Hmm, last time golf clubs, hockey sticks and the like were allowed in the cabin was long before the airlines started charging for checked baggage. Have the geniuses in the TSA actually seen the average aircraft's overhead bins 2/3 of the way through the boarding process? Good luck being able to shove in a rollaboard when some dufus before you has brought on sporting equipment.

What's the chance that the airlines will find a way to introduce a surcharge for anyone bringing sporting equipment on board?

I do find it amusing to see one item in particular listed on the TSA site as a prohibited item (emphasis below is mine) -

"Full-size baseball, softball and cricket bats are prohibited items in carry-on luggage and must be placed in checked baggage."

Aside from annoying the heck out of the sizable H1-B visa holding Indian population working in the IT industry, who else is going to know what on earth the sport of cricket is?

Edited by lotuseater on 03/05/2013 16:52:02 MST.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Cricket bats on 03/05/2013 17:03:41 MST Print View

"Aside from annoying the heck out of the sizable H1-B visa holding Indian population working in the IT industry, who else is going to know what on earth the sport of cricket is?"

Be careful there. Besides the natives of India and Pakistan, there are more from Jamaica and similar Commonwealth places. In the summer, the cricket match is held on a sports field about one hundred yards from my place.

--B.G.--

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Re: TSA to allow pocketknives, some sports equipment on 03/05/2013 17:21:54 MST Print View

>"Takes effect April 25, useful items include small swiss army knives"

Cool, so only another 29 flights before I can bring my Victorinox Classic with me.

I remember, not long after 9-11, the flight attendant was handing our summer sausage snacks in really thick shrink-wrap. And apologizing to every row of seats, "I'm sorry." "Yes, I know, you can't open it.", "No, I don't have a knife either", and "I've only got these plastic knifes to hand out."

So are now allowed to play cricket in the center aisle as long as we use plastic whiffle bats?

I suspect they still won't allow some kinds of bats on board (Mexican free-tailed, for instance). I asked, at one point, and for a valid reason, about rats in the cabin and there seems to be a "other passengers would freak the hell out" rule about rats, snakes, etc.

Stuart .
(lotuseater) - M

Locale: Where the air is thin
Re: RE: Cricket bats on 03/05/2013 17:29:18 MST Print View

@Bob - My comment was tongue-in-cheek, no offense intended. I'm a Brit, by the way, and we are used to being on the receiving end of superior cricketing skills from former colonies. It just tickled my fancy that - of all sports to highlight - someone in the TSA thought to include cricket.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: TSA to allow pocketknives, some sports equipment on 03/05/2013 17:30:21 MST Print View

David:

Wow... you fly A LOT!?! What do yo do (if you don't mind the question)?

Just last year, I got a teeny tiny (2 inch) scissors confiscated at a Malaysian airport. Sigh...

Edited by ben2world on 03/05/2013 17:31:15 MST.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Re: TSA to allow pocketknives, some sports equipment on 03/05/2013 18:19:23 MST Print View

Ben: I live in the subarctic but most of my toxic-waste job sites are in the 48 states. I can get anywhere in 3 flights, but it takes me 3 flights to get anywhere. Coming up in the next month, I've got: a trip to NYC, Father/8-year-old daughter road trip to Vegas during Spring Break (not for the white-trash culture, but for the rock climbing in Red Rock Canyon and the $30/night hotel rooms), a day of safety training in LA, escorting the middle-school math team I coach to State Finals (700 miles away), and then a meeting with a client and the project manager in LowCal. I'm only at 8,000 miles YTD but March is about to pick up. Most years end up with about 3x round the world (80,000 miles-ish).

Not scheduled yet, but likely very soon, is pilot testing some remedial technology at a gasoline spill site at the Denver Airport and, hopefully, escorting teenager mathematicians to the National competition in DC in early May. But apparently, I can bring a penknife for that trip!

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: TSA to allow pocketknives, some sports equipment on 03/05/2013 18:35:03 MST Print View

http://www.tsa.gov/sites/default/files/assets/pdf/tsa_permitted_items_update.pdf

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
Re: TSA to allow pocketknives, some sports equipment on 03/05/2013 18:58:48 MST Print View

So no Evo handled Wengers. Molded grip.

M B
(livingontheroad) - M
check on 03/05/2013 19:56:14 MST Print View

I wonder how much money the airlines will lose by not having to check things?

Twice, I have showed up at the airport (wife dropped me off) with a small pocket knife and I had to check my bag I was going to carry on, because no way was i going to give it to them.

I know my employer at least, has spent an extra $100 to check my $10 pocket knife.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Great News -- And the Return of Sanity on 03/05/2013 20:09:54 MST Print View

It will be interesting to see what one will have to do to store "ski poles", meaning where to put them and what if not very compact? They don't mention size restrictions such as fixed length or other.

Jake D
(JakeDatc) - F

Locale: Bristol,RI
Re: Re: Great News -- And the Return of Sanity on 03/05/2013 20:21:20 MST Print View

If i remember i think many overhead bins have holes in the back for longer items to fit through multiple sections.. Though I will bet most skiers will pack their poles with their skis in ski bags.

Nick Larsen
(stingray4540) - F

Locale: South Bay
Re: TSA to allow pocketknives, some sports equipment on 03/06/2013 01:21:48 MST Print View

Finally!

It appears they are measuring from the handle though, and not the blade itself, which would put me EDC Case just over the limit. Looks like I'll need to pick up a peanut for flying...

Seriously though, molded handles?! How the he77 does that make a knife more dangerous?!
And no razor blades or box cutters?! How are those going to cause any more damage than any other knife of the same size?

Lastly, I don't quite understand the width restriction either, although it doesn't bother me as much.