TSA-Security News

TSA-Security News March 2013


TSA Prohibited Items List Changing April 25th – Small Pocket Knives and Some Sporting Goods Items to be Permitted

TSA established a committee to review the prohibited items list based on an overall risk-based security approach. After the review, TSA Administrator John S. Pistole made the decision to start allowing the following items in carry-on bags beginning April 25th:

  • Small Pocket Knives – Small knives with non-locking blades smaller than 2.36 inches and less than 1/2 inch in width will be permitted
  • Small Novelty Bats and Toy Bats
  • Ski Poles
  • Hockey Sticks
  • Lacrosse Sticks
  • Billiard Cues
  • Golf Clubs (Limit Two)

This is part of an overall Risk-Based Security approach, which allows Transportation Security Officers to better focus their efforts on finding higher threat items such as explosives. This decision aligns TSA more closely with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards.


TSA Pre✓™& Global Entry

TSA Pre✓™ is an expedited screening initiative that is expanding to airports across the country. Implementing a key component of the agency’s intelligence-driven, risk-based approach to security, TSA Pre✓™ enhances aviation security by placing more focus on pre-screening individuals who volunteer to participate to expedite the travel experience.  Global Entry is CBP’s Trusted Traveler Program that allows expedited customs and immigration clearance for pre–‐approved, low–‐risk travelers upon arrival into the United States (U.S.).  The Program allows participants to enter the U.S. using automated kiosks that are located at select airports. For more information, click on the link below:

ASTA’s Guide to Precheck & Global Entry