No Knives Yet: TSA Delays New Carry-on Policy

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No knives, golf clubs or hockey sticks will be allowed on planes -- at least for now. The TSA is delaying a new policy that would have relaxed the rules about carry-on items.

Federal officials say they're allowing time for more feedback on the change.

The original ban on those items was implemented after 9/11 to keep terrorists from having tools to hijack planes.

But TSA Administrator John Pistole says they want to free up their people to concentrate on greater threats, like bombs.

Pistole told Congress last month it's unlikely in these days of reinforced cockpit doors and other preventative measures that small folding knives could be used by terrorists to take over a plane.

The proposed policy would have permitted certain sports equipment, as well as folding knives with small blades that are less than 2.36 inches in length and less than 1/2-inch wide.

Box cutters, razor blades and knives that don't fold or that have molded grip handles, would still be prohibited.

TSA screeners confiscate about 2,000 small folding knives from passengers every day.

A coalition of unions representing 90,000 flight attendants wants the TSA to keep the knife ban. "All knives should be banned from planes permanently," the group said in a statement.

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