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Feds delay policy to allow small knives on airplanes

Published: Friday, Sept. 4 2015 3:35 p.m. MDT

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2006, file photo, knives of all sizes and types are piled in a box at the State of Georgia Surplus Property Division store in Tucker, Ga., and are just a few of the hundreds of items discarded at the security checkpoints of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport that will be for sale at the store. Federal officials say they?re delaying a policy that would allow passengers to carry small knives, bats, and other sports equipment onto airliners. The Transportation Security Administration said Monday, April 22, 2013, that the policy change has been delayed to accommodate feedback from an advisory committee made up of aviation industry, consumer, and law enforcement officials.(AP Photo/Gene Blythe, File) (Associated Press) FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2006, file photo, knives of all sizes and types are piled in a box at the State of Georgia Surplus Property Division store in Tucker, Ga., and are just a few of the hundreds of items discarded at the security checkpoints of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport that will be for sale at the store. Federal officials say they?re delaying a policy that would allow passengers to carry small knives, bats, and other sports equipment onto airliners. The Transportation Security Administration said Monday, April 22, 2013, that the policy change has been delayed to accommodate feedback from an advisory committee made up of aviation industry, consumer, and law enforcement officials.(AP Photo/Gene Blythe, File) (Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Airline passengers will have to leave their knives at home after all. And their bats and golf clubs.

A policy change scheduled to go into effect this week that would have allowed passengers to carry small knives, bats and other sports equipment onto airliners will be delayed, federal officials said Monday.

The delay is necessary to accommodate feedback from an advisory committee made up of aviation industry, consumer, and law enforcement officials, the Transportation Security Administration said in a brief statement. The statement said the delay is temporary, but gave no indication how long it might be.

TSA Administrator John Pistole 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.

The proposal immediately drew fierce opposition from flight attendant unions and federal air marshals, who said the knives can be dangerous in the hands of the wrong passengers. Some airlines and members of Congress also urged TSA to reconsider its position.

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