Permitting knives on planes, a revised security policy announced on March 5 by the Transportation Security Administration, will not go into effect this Thursday April 25, as originally planned.
Opposition by flight staff and passenger advocate groups, coupled with last week’s bombing tragedy in Boston, prompted the TSA to hold off on allowing passengers to carry small knives with blades up to 2.36 inches (six centimetres.) The decision to postpone the knife allowance gives TSA additional time to review increasing concerns of those resistant to the pending rule.
TSA banned knives on flights in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, where the two airplanes were hijacked by terrorists wielding box cutting knives; an event that continues to affect airline security and for many, the perception of air travel.
Leading up to the March 5 decision, the TSA removed small knives from the Prohibited Items List as security shifted focus on larger potential threats and since other potentially harmful items, like scissors, were allowed on planes.
Stay updated on TSA developments on the knife allowance here on the Flight Centre website. In the meantime, please let us know if you think TSA should follow through on its original decision.