Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Bowing down to opponents of its policy, the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Wednesday decided to drop its plan to allow pocketknives in carry-on baggage on flights.
In a statement, the federal government agency said that the prohibited items’ list, which also includes golf clubs, lacrosse sticks, ski poles, billiard cues and some baseball bats, would continue.
“We will continue to take steps to improve our ever evolving security posture while also improving the experience of the traveling public,” the TSA added.
The main opponents of TSA’s policy were flight attendants, who strongly protested TSA Chief John Pistole’s proposal to allow some pocketknives and sporting goods into the airline cabins.
Had the proposal been approved, the U.S. would have come in line with the European Union rules, which already allows short-knives in cabin baggage in flights.
The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions welcomed the TSA’s decision and said, “We promised ‘No Knives on Planes Ever Again’ and today that promise was kept.”
“The result is better security policy and the assurance that our nation’s aviation security system continues to be vigilant for knives that could be used in a terrorist attack or criminal act against passengers or crew,” the coalition, which represents five unions and some 90,000 flight attendants, added.
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