TSA Administrator John Pistole has thrown in the towel on his proposal to allow airline passengers to carry on knives with blades that are 2.36 inches or less.
Pistole’s plan, announced in March, was for those small knives to be allowed as of April 25. His proposed rule change would also have allowed passengers to carry on hockey sticks, golf clubs and billiard cues, which had since been disallowed. After he was confronted with outcries from the Flight Attendants Union Coalition, representing 90,000 members, and a public petition with 400,000 signatures and other protests, he delayed the rule change, then said he was reconsidering.
Well, he has.
"After extensive engagement with the Aviation Security Advisory Committee, law enforcement officials, passenger advocates and other important stakeholders, TSA will continue to enforce the current prohibited items list," Pistole said in a news report from Reuters.
Pistole had previously defended the rule changes, saying the TSA needed to prioritize threats, and that its time was best spent looking for more lethal weapons such as explosive devices.
The flight attendants union praised Pistole for hearing their concerns and reversing his position.
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