UPDATE (4/23/2013): This post is now incorrect. Well, so much for the TSA doing the right thing. They have decided that for right now, knives will not be allowed on planes on April 25, 2013 after all. Hopefully, they will come to their senses reasonably soon!
Since its inception, the Transportation Security Agency has done their part in making the skies of America much more difficult and troublesome to fly than ever! They certainly have never been known for common sense and the defense of the natural rights of American citizens. Banning knitting needles and scissors surely did make us a lot safer, didn’t it! However, they finally have done something right. Starting April 25, 2013, small pocket knives will be allowed in carry-on luggage!
You definitely can’t just carry your normal folder on the plane, though! There are a number of requirements that must be met in order to have a knife on an airplane. They are as follows:
1. The knife must be a folding knife – fixed blades are not permitted.
2. Blades cannot lock in place. This requirement removes tactical knives from any possibility and limits carry to traditional style pocketknives.
3. Blades must be less than 2.36″ long.
4. Blade width has to be no greater than 1/2″.
While these limitations do eliminate many otherwise great knives from consideration on flights, any move toward common sense is a great thing. The classic Peanut style is the perfect knife for this purpose as well as some of the small whittlers. Case, Buck, and Boker all make knives that would do very well.
For more information, go to http://www.tsa.gov/pil-sharpobjects.