New TSA regulations allow pocket knives, golf clubs
EL PASO, Texas — Starting April 25th, the TSA is easing restrictions that have been in place since the 9/11 attacks.
All blades have been forbidden in cabins since the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001, when terrorists used box cutters to hijack four airliners.
Passengers will be allowed to carry small pocket knives and sporting equipment.
The pocket knife blades must be shorter than 2.36 inches long and not wider than half an inch.
Box cutters, larger knives and those with locking blades and molded grips are still not allowed.
"It's been in effect so long its almost a shock," said Frank Muller as he waited for a friend at the airport. "I thought they'd never backtrack".
"I usually travel alone so I like to carry a pocket knife," said Yolie Kroger. "I'm one of the girls that carry a pocket knife. So for me I wouldn't mind it but I understand it would be easy to cut someone's throat".
The new rules will also allow previously forbidden sports equipment, like golf clubs, lacrosse sticks and ski poles. Passengers can carry up to two of each.