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US planes to allow bats and clubs onboard

Knives with locking blades and moulded handles are still banned from US planes, the US Transportation Security Administration told NBC News.

The change will take effect on 25 April.

Luggage Items permitted for the first time since 9/11 are:

  • Knives that do not lock, are 2.36ins (6cm) or less in length and below 1/2in wide
  • Novelty-sized and toy bats (including for baseball)
  • Billiard cues and ski poles
  • Hockey and lacrosse sticks
  • Up to two golf clubs

Overseas passengers will no longer have to check their knives as they pass through the US, according to Bloomberg News.

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Knives allowed on US planes for first time since 9/11

Small knives that do not lock and hockey sticks are to be allowed on US planes for the first time since the September 11 attacks.

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said it will allow knives and other previously restricted items like golf clubs and bats to be taken onboard.

This is part of an overall Risk-Based Security approach, which allows Transportation Security Officers to better focus their efforts on finding higher threat items such as explosives.

– US Transportation Security Administration statement