Small Knives To Return To The Skies In Revised TSA Regulations

The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) announced last week that it was easing restrictions on knives that passengers can bring on commercial airliners. The ruling, which is slated to go into effect April 25, opens the door for a number of small knives sold in the promotional products industry.

Passengers will be allowed to bring knives with non-locking blades shorter than 2.36 inches in length and less than a half-inch in width. Razor blades, box cutters and knives with molded grips remain prohibited.

The decision has not come without controversy, however. Legislators, groups representing flight attendants and federal air marshals and even some airline CEOs have come out against the measure. In a letter to TSA Administrator John Pistole, Delta CEO Richard Anderson says the changes would “add little value to the customer security process flow in relation to the additional risk for our cabin staff and customers.”

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About Karie Cowden

Karie Cowden is the Founder and President of Connect the Dots Promotions and has extensive experience working with local and national clientele across all industries. She has sold every promotional product known to mankind in her over 22 years in the industry. Karie has worked in all aspects of the promo business including a 6 year stint with the Phoenix Suns and AZ Diamondbacks. In those many years she has developed extensive experience, industry knowledge, wonderful partnerships and strategic relationships. In 2008 she was the youngest person to be voted on to the Board of Directors for the Promotional Products Association International, by her peers. In 2009 she figured she knew enough to run her own company and hasn’t looked back. Karie is married with two beautiful daughters and one black lab named Betty.

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