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TSA'S announcement on the lastest modification to its policy

posted 3/18/2013 12:58:55 PM |
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  LadyRamRod_

TSA is always assessing our policies, ensuring that they are based on the latest intelligence, best practices, and focused on mitigating the most serious threats to the traveling public. Of course anytime we modify these policies, the public has questions regarding the reason why.

Earlier this month TSA announced the latest modification to our ongoing efforts to provide the most effective security to the traveling public. Starting April 25, TSA will relax restrictions on certain items previously prohibited as part of its ever evolving efforts to focus on items that pose the highest threat. Relaxed restrictions will apply to knives that do not lock, and have blades that are 2.36 inches or 6 centimeters or lessin length and are less than 1/2 inch in width, novelty-sized and toy bats,billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and two golf clubs as part of their carry-on baggage.


On the Hill this week, Administrator Pistole said we know the aviation threat is, “from nonmetallic improvised explosive devices such as the liquids explosive plot we saw from the U.K. in 2006, the bomb used by the so-called Underwear Bomber on Christmas Day 2009, the toner cartridge printer bombs from Yemen placed onto our air cargo flights destined for Chicago in October 2010 and most recently, the improved next generation underwear device also from Yemen intended for a passenger jet on its way to the U.S....”


We have yet to see a single incident involving a knitting needle or a small knife. In fact, the GAO published a report that said there had been zero security incidents where these items had been used aboard an aircraft.


Here’s some additional reading material with outside input made this week:


Carie Lemack: TSA's knife reversal is part of its job USA Today
TSA’s new rules on knives are safe and reasonable Washington Post
Inquirer Editorial: TSA takes a stab at smarter security Philadelphia Inquirer
Pocket knivesno longer can down a plane: Our view USA Today
Why the TSA Is Right The Atlantic
You can see what we had to say about the reasoning and new guidelines here.


Remember, the changes do not go into effect until April 25th.


Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team


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StraddleMyNose

Mar 18 @ 6:21PM  
Going to be interesting to see how this goes.
sugarnspice005

Mar 18 @ 7:20PM  
latest intelligence,

Not a term I'd apply to our government officials.

I heard this, and I think a question was asked: "How much harm can they really cause?", and I was thinking at that time, "Hello??? Box cutters??"

I don't know, I'm not a frequent flyer, so, thankfully I don't have to worry about this too much for myself, but, there are millions of innocent people out there that could be endangered by this.

Guess we will wait and see how it goes. And hope for the best.
somnium

Mar 19 @ 10:13AM  
And if some unfortunate event happens as a result of this, the typical TSA statement will probably be: "We'll have to have a committee review how we can close any holes in this policy... might take a year or so!"

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