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Published on April 24th, 2013 | by Alyssa Daniells

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Allowing Knives on Planes Now Up in the Air

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.
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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.

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Alyssa Daniells

Equipped with good grammar, a laptop and sense of humour, Alyssa curiously explores the world, whether it involves traversing oceans to anything historic, artistic or beautiful, or crossing the street for a dark roasted coffee refuel. Curating and creating compelling content (and the occasional alliteration!) is something she loves. Her phone storage is almost at capacity due to countless photos of Toronto, her toddler and other people's pets.



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