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Last Updated On: 3/10/2013

Cricket players flying in America must continue putting their precious willows into checked baggage.

The mandarins at the Transportation Security Administration recently relaxed restrictions on small knives, golf clubs, hockey sticks and a bunch of other things in carry-on baggage but cricket bats remain a no-no.

Full-size cricket, baseball and softball bats, razor blades and box cutters will remain prohibited in carry-on luggage.

Whoever knew that a cricket bat was deadlier than a hockey stick or golf club!

Restrictions Eased

Starting April 25, the TSA will let travelers stuff small pocket knives, small novelty bats and toy bats, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks, billiard cues and golf clubs (limit two) into their carry-on baggage.

Of course, not all small knives can be carried aboard the aircraft.

Travelers may bring aboard only small knives with non-locking blades smaller than 2.36 inches and less than 1/2 inch in width.

TSA Eases Rules on Small Knives

TSA described the easing of restrictions on carry-on baggage as part of an overall Risk-Based Security approach that would allow the agency's officers to focus on finding higher threat items such as explosives.

The agency's relaxations on restricted items is also said to align it closer to International Civil Aviation Organization standards.

Following the 9/11 attacks, security at U.S. airports and restrictions on carry-on baggage have been significantly enhanced at great cost to the government and much inconvenience to travelers.

There have been several stories in newspapers about grandmas and young children getting the pat down from TSA screeners.

Opposition

But TSA's relaxation of items permitted in carry-on baggage has not gone well with three key groups - flight attendants, pilots and law enforcement officers.

The Coalition of Airline Pilot Associations, which represents 22,000 pilots, said it is against knives of any kind inside cabins.

“We believe the (terrorism) threat is still real and the removal of any layer of security will put crewmembers and the flying public unnecessarily in harm’s way,” the coalition’s president Mike Karn said.

The Flight Attendants Union Coalition, representing 90,000 flight attendants, said, “The continued ban on dangerous objects is an integral layer in aviation security and must remain in place.”

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association plans to ask Congress to block TSA's changes.