The Transportation Safety Administration announced Monday that it will postpone its decision to allow airline passengers to carry small knives, souvenir baseball bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment on planes.
The new policy was set to go into effect Thursday.
The Transportation Security Administration said that the policy
change has been delayed to accommodate feedback from an advisory
committee made up of aviation industry, consumer and law enforcement
John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security
Administration, proposed the policy change last month, saying it would
free up the agency to concentrate on protecting against greater threats.
TSA screeners confiscate about 2,000 small folding knives from
passengers every day.
When the policy was announced last month, it drew immediate outcry from unions representing flight attendants and other airline workers.
The unions said the items posed a danger to airline workers and passengers.
The TSA banned all knives from commercial flights after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
The TSA's statement said the delay was temporary, but no new date for implementation was provided.
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