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Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 06/05/2013

TSA drops bid to allow small knives on planes


A Swiss Army Knife from Victorinox, seen with a 128 gigabyte drive. (FREDERIC J. BROWN - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
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The knife fight in the skies is over.

We reported last month on word that the Transportation Security Agency might put into effect TSA chief John Pistole’s plan to allow small pocket knives (blades under 2.36 inches long) on planes in order to move people faster through airport security.

The change, which would put the United States in line with rules in Europe, was to take effect April 25.

But an uproar from flight attendants, air marshals, some airlines and members of Congress temporarily stalled the move.

A group of House members, led by Reps. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y), Ed Markey (D-Mass.) then moved to definitively kill the proposal, calling it a ”wrongheaded, dangerous, and irresponsible policy.”

They offered an amendment to a Homeland Security appropriations bill that would cut funds for any move to implement the TSA’s proposed changes.

Hours before the measure was to come up for a vote, TSA issued a statement saying that it would “continue to enforce the current prohibited items list for carry-on baggage,” which includes “small knives, novelty-sized and toy bats, billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and golf clubs.”

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