TSA now allows 2.36 in knives

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TSA now allows 2.36 in knives

Postby Snowman » Tue 05 Mar 2013 12:30 pm

But not 2.38, that'd be a threat to national security. No box cutters, even thought they are short, and no "molded handle" knives. Golf clubs, ski poles, and small baseball bats are now OK.
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TSA allows knives on planes, flight attendants union calls decision 'dangerous'Mar 05, 2013 2:07 PM ESTThe Transportation Security Administration announced Tuesday that U.S. airline passengers will soon be allowed to carry small knives in their carry-on bags, a move that prompted swift condemnation from a flight attendants union. The union for Southwest Airlines flight attendants called the decision "dangerous" and "designed to make the lives of TSA staff easier, but not make flights safer." The changes were made public by TSA Administrator John Pistole during an aviation conference in New York. Starting April 25, passengers going through U.S. airports can bring on board Swiss Army-type knives -- specifically, ones with blades no longer than 2.36 inches. This marks the first time such knives have been allowed on board since security was heavily increased in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Pistole told the audience that TSA screeners at the Los Angeles International Airport alone seized roughly 47 such knives a day over the last three months of 2012, according to Air Transportation World. "Frankly, I don't want TSA agents to be delayed by these," he said. The agency said the changes were made as part of its "overall risk-based security approach" and to align with the international standards and those of European countries. Among the other items also allowed on board are lacrosse sticks, ski poles and small, souvenir baseball bats. But Stacy K. Martin, president of Southwest Airlines' Flight Attendants Union, TWU Local 556, said in a statement that the decision should be "immediately rescinded." "While we agree that a passenger wielding a small knife or swinging a golf club or hockey stick poses less of a threat to the pilot locked in the cockpit, these are real threats to passengers and flight attendants in the passenger cabin," she said. The union represents 10,000 flight attendants for Southwest. Under the TSA decision, however, box-cutter type knives used by the 9/11 hijackers are still prohibited. Razors as well as knives with molded grips also are still banned.
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Re: TSA now allows 2.36 in knives

Postby Zacharia » Tue 05 Mar 2013 1:46 pm

What kind of knife is considered to have a molded grip?
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Re: TSA now allows 2.36 in knives

Postby QBall » Tue 05 Mar 2013 2:02 pm

The 2.36" comes from matching the European flight allowances for carry-on blade lengths (60mm). I guess that they are just trying to standardize.
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Re: TSA now allows 2.36 in knives

Postby Snurd » Tue 05 Mar 2013 2:02 pm

Zacharia wrote:What kind of knife is considered to have a molded grip?

One that has been left in a damp pocket for a week or so.
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Re: TSA now allows 2.36 in knives

Postby mgsbigdog » Tue 05 Mar 2013 2:50 pm

Locking knives and knives with 1/2 inch blade widths are also still not allowed.

USA today has a pretty infographic if you would like to look.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/fl ... s/1964941/
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Re: TSA now allows 2.36 in knives

Postby B Cart » Tue 05 Mar 2013 4:02 pm

It can't be a locking blade though, and that pretty much kills it for me. I don't own any pocket knives that don't have locking blades
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Re: TSA now allows 2.36 in knives

Postby Cinhil » Tue 05 Mar 2013 4:12 pm

Molded, as in molded to fit your grip. I take this from the pictures provided in the USA Today to be those knives which have pre=molded grips for you fingers so that if you use it it is less likely to slip on you. It appears that the knives that will be allowed are those with limited use, or which are commonly known as tools throughout the intelligent world, ie. Victorinox and Wenger and others of a similar nature which are not able to have the blade locked in place. This is what I take from this news blurb.
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Re: TSA now allows 2.36 in knives

Postby rccooley » Tue 05 Mar 2013 4:16 pm

Hahahaha, just told my wife about this and in regard to the "molded grip" she said "That's because if it has a molded grip its an assault knife, not a regular knife."


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Re: TSA now allows 2.36 in knives

Postby Maxterra » Wed 06 Mar 2013 8:02 am

So basically, finger nail clippers are allowed again??? ;-)


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Place was a disaster and huge lines everywhere! 100% inspection. Huge garbage carts everywhere, full of everything liquid imaginable. Women arguing about their expensive perfumes. People with medicines or supplements. All in the garbage or no fly. Anything even possibly weapon shaped in the trash.

I figure the airport and DHS people made a small fortune on all the stuff they collected that day.

I forgot and went thru SLC screening with a razor knife in my pocket by mistake one time, as I was used to carrying it every day.
At least I didn't get a strip search out of it.
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Re: TSA now allows 2.36 in knives

Postby RoccoRacer » Wed 06 Mar 2013 8:59 am

After reading these news reports, I dreamt last night there was a serial killer in my neighborhood who's weapon of choice was a 60mm blade. He didn't last long when he came to my house.
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Re: TSA now allows 2.36 in knives

Postby abnormalslc » Wed 06 Mar 2013 2:17 pm

those darn molded grips! curses! foiled again!
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Re: TSA now allows 2.36 in knives

Postby abnormalslc » Wed 06 Mar 2013 2:19 pm

My wife and I were talking about this the other day....if the blade can close during an attack and potentially cut the attacker's finger...then that's OK.
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Re: TSA now allows 2.36 in knives

Postby Gunlvr » Wed 06 Mar 2013 3:06 pm

RoccoRacer wrote:After reading these news reports, I dreamt last night there was a serial killer in my neighborhood who's weapon of choice was a 60mm blade. He didn't last long when he came to my house.



You had a 62mm blade didn't you? :lol3:
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