Starting on April 25, 2013, the TSA will allow passengers to bring small knives with blades measuring no more than 2.36 inches long and are less than ½ inch wide, on board planes as carry-on’s. Along with other formally restricted items such as novelty-sized and toy bats, billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and two golf clubs.
Their reason for relaxing their restrictions on these items is rather than spend their time looking for these items they can now focus their attention efforts looking for higher threat items such as explosives and more serious weapons.
However the problem with this thinking is that it was small blade weapons that were used during the 911 attacks. Even a small blade can be intimidating and can do serious damage. TSA agents aren’t going to stop looking for knives. They still will have to spend the same amount of time to look for them plus take even more time to measure the blades to make sure they are within the allowed limits.
Maybe a better solution would be for airlines to stop charging passengers for checked luggage so they will stop trying to carry all their luggage on as carry-on and this way they can check their restricted items. There’s not enough room in the overhead bins as it is now, how are we suppose to squeeze in a hockey stick and gold clubs?