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TSA to allow pocket knives, souvenir baseball bats on planes

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Travelers won't have to leave a uniquely Louisville souvenir at the airport security checkpoint much longer.

The news comes in the midst of new, looser TSA rules for what you can carry on a plane.

TSA announced the changes on Tuesday. They go into effect April 25, and they include items banned since 9/11.

The rules will bring the U.S. in line with other countries around the world.

Pocket knives will now be allowed in carry-on bags.  Their retractable blades must be no more than 2.36 inches long and no more than 1/2-inch wide.  Their handles cannot be ridged, according to the new rules.

Brent Whitson and his son Peyton picked up his wife Meredith at Louisville International Airport.

She had a safe and uneventful flight.

But Brent and others now worry.

WDRB News asked him: "Would you feel as safe on an airplane after April 25th as before?" "If I was carrying a knife, yes. But in general, I think it would probably not be a good idea to allow pocket knives on the airplanes," Brent Whitson said.

"That would make me feel unsafe knowing that there may be somebody crazy on there with something like that," Louisville traveler Kim Dye said.

Several flight attendant unions agree.

The new rules will also allow carrying on two golf clubs, and hockey and lacrosse sticks.  But razors and box cutters are still banned.

And one more item to be allowed in carry-ons -- those ubiquitous Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum souvenir bats.

They're well under the 24-inch limit in the new rules.

And their makers are happy to hear it.

"We hate for anyone to have their last moment leaving our wonderful city to be one of frustration or sadness that their child has their mini-bat taken away, or this gift confiscated," said Louisville Slugger Museum Executive Director Anne Jewell.

The bats are one of the most-confiscated items at the Louisville checkpoint.  The museum posts signs warning visitors their souvenir bats must be flown in checked bags; tourists have an option to mail their bats home, just as they can do from the airport.

TSA said Tuesday these changes are to help lines to move faster, particularly since they could get longer with budget cuts under the sequestration.

www.tsa.gov/pil-sportequip is a place to start for further information on the new April 25 rules.  Try also www.tsa/gov/pil-sharpobjects, too.

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