Specific knives and more items allowed on carry-ons effective April 25, 2013

Effective April 25, 2013, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will allow knives that do not lock, and have blades that are 2.36 inches or 6 centimeters or less in length and are less than 1/2 inch in width, novelty-sized and toy bats, billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and two golf clubs as part of their carry-on baggage.

Here are the specifics:


  • The blade must be no more than 2.36 inches or 6 cm in length – from tip to where it meets the handle or hilt
  • The blade must be no more than ½ inch in width

Not Permitted:

  • Knives with locking or fixed blades
  • Knives with molded grips
  • Razors and box cutters

Here’s TSA’s PDF document for all the specifics for knives.

Sporting Equipment

  • Small novelty or toy bats are included in the changes and can now be transported as part of carry-on luggage.
    • Bats 24 inches or shorter in length or 24 ounces or less.
    • Bats longer than 24 inches and less than 24 ounces
  • The following sporting equipment is included in this change and can now be carried through airport security: billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks and lacrosse sticks golf clubs (limited to two).

Not Permitted:

  • Full-size baseball, softball and cricket bats are prohibited items in carry-on luggage and must be placed in checked baggage.
    • Bats that are more than 24 inches in length and weigh more than 24 ounces

And this is the PDF document that details the sporting equipment.

Travelers are encouraged to check with their airline or travel agent for policies as individual airlines may place additional restrictions on any item.

[Source: TSA.gov]

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