TSA delays implementation of the new rules on prohibited items on board of the aircraft
Washington, USA - The measure has generated strong criticism in the US
(WAPA) - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the United States decided to postpone the implementation, initially scheduled on April 25, of the new rules on prohibited items on board of the aircraft, which were announced in early March (AVIONEWS).
In a brief bulletin, the agency of the Department of Homeland Security communicated that "This timing will enable TSA to incorporate the ASAC's feedback about the changes to the Prohibited Items List and continue workforce training". The ASAC (Aviation Security Advisory Committee) is a committee of the agency established with the aim of examining areas of civil aviation security and develop recommendations for the improvement of civil aviation security methods, equipment, and procedures.
In March, the TSA communicated it decided to permit to carry onto aircraft 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 (1.27 cm) in width, for the first time since the September 11 terrorist attacks.
According to the new rules, transport of other items as part of carry-on baggage, such as novelty-sized and toy bats, billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and two golf clubs, which have been prohibited so far will be permitted as well.
The measure has generated strong criticism in the US: the Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions, which represents 90,000 flight attendants in the country, labeled the possibility of carrying again knives on an airplane "Ridiculous" and of "No benefit to the public".
It is very probable, even if neither TSA nor the Secretary for Homeland Security Janet Napolitano have commented the decision yet, that the criticism the agency has received, together with the worries generated by the terrorist attach at the Boston Marathon, which occurred just a few days ago, have had a role in the decision to postpone the implementation of the new rules. (Avionews)