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March 05, 2013

TSA to allow golf clubs on planes for first time since 9/11

Posted at 5:27 PM by Cameron Morfit |

According to a report on bloomberg.com, you will soon be able to carry on up to two golf clubs on your next flight, plus a small pocketknife in case you have any trouble collecting that $5 Nassau.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will let people carry small pocketknives onto passenger planes for the first time since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, along with golf clubs, hockey sticks and plastic Wiffle Ball-style bats.

The agency will permit knives with retractable blades shorter than 6 centimeters (2.36 inches) and narrower than 1/2 inch, TSA Administrator John Pistole said today at an aviation security conference in Brooklyn. The change, to conform with international rules, takes effect April 25.

Passengers will also be allowed to board flights with some other items that are currently prohibited, including sticks used to play lacrosse, billiards and hockey, ski poles and as many as two golf clubs, Pistole said.

The changes attracted criticism from labor unions representing flight attendants.

No word yet on why someone would travel with only two clubs, or whether it's still verboten to practice your putting in the aisle.

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