For the first time in over a decade, the Transportation Security Administration – the dreaded TSA – will allow airplane passengers to carry pocketknives, golf clubs, hockey sticks, ski poles, and even plastic Wiffle Ball bats. One of those things is not like the other.

Retractable blades that are shorter than six centimeters and narrower than 0.5 inches will be allowed in carry-ons and as many as two golf clubs. This lightening of the rules has already attracted criticism from labor unions such as the Transportation Workers Union, whose president remarked that the new policy endangers passengers.

The reasoning behind the policy change seems to be a desire to make security checkpoints more efficient. The items that have been approved for travel are common among passengers and the confiscation of those items takes time and manpower, which results in delays in processing.

What do you think? Are you upset that flights could now be more dangerous or are you grateful that this could speed up your airport experience?

via Bloomberg

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