TSA releases new list of permitted carry-on items

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

TSA releases new list of permitted carry-on items

Whether travelers are heading to serviced apartments or corporate housing, they are going to want to pay attention to the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) new guidelines for carry-on items if they are flying out of U.S. airports.

The TSA Blog recently released a list of items that will be allowed aboard airplanes beginning on April 25. In most cases, the newly permitted items may take some travelers by surprise.

Soon, airline passengers will be able to bring ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks, golf clubs, billiard cues and small novelty or toy baseball bats onboard an aircraft. Full-size baseball, softball and cricket bats are still not allowed. In addition, passengers will also be allowed to board flights with small pocket knives - something that not everybody is OK with.

"They're allowing these items to come through and they're putting the responsibility of the cabin completely on us even though they know coming through security are these items," Stacy Martin, president of the Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants Union, told CBS News.

Supporters of the changes believe that airport security will now have more time to search for serious threats to airline safety.