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WASHINGTON: The US Transportation Security Admi-nistration said yesterday that travellers can soon bring small pocket knives on board aeroplanes for the first time since the September 11 attacks, sparking outrage from flight attendants who said the decision would endanger passengers and crew.
The TSA said effective April 25, it would allow small knives with blades that are 2.36 inches (6cm) or less in length and less than ½ inch (1-1/4 cm) wide.
Other items that will be allowed on board again as part of a passenger’s carry-on luggage include billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks and lacrosse sticks. Items that had been prohibited like razors, box cutters or knives with a fixed blade are still not allowed on board Reuters