No, Knives and Clubs and Bats Will Not Be Allowed on Airplanes After All
A bit of bad news for those of you hoping to play a few rounds and/or skin an animal while zipping between LGA and SFO. The Transportation Security Administration's plan to allow bats and small knives on flights -- announced three months ago -- has been scrapped.
The proposal would have allowed passengers to carry souvenir bats, golf clubs, and knives with blades shorter than two inches in length onto commercial flights. John Pistole, the head of the Transportation Security Administration, made the announcement in early March, with a target start date at the end of April.
But the idea quickly prompted strong, negative reaction. Pilots opposed allowing the knives and blunt instruments on planes, worried about their safety in the event of an attempted hijacking. Last month, as NBC News reported, a bipartisan group of 145 members of the House of Representatives agreed, sending a letter to Pistole. "Over the last two months," it read, "we have heard from flight attendants, air marshals, pilots, passengers, TSA screeners and airlines who are unequivocal in their unified view that allowing knives to be brought into the cabin of passenger planes is dangerous, unnecessary, and irresponsible." It ended: "No knives on planes. Thank you."