Signs at U.S. airports remind travelers what they can’t bring aboard. But the Transportation Security Administration recently relaxed the rules on some sports-related items. Now what can you do with them on your flight?
The Transportation Security Administration recently updated its list of items prohibited on airplanes, and while we are sad to report that things like full-size toothpaste tubes are still a no-go, several sports-related items now get the thumbs-up.
No, we are not making that up. Below, we will list some items now allowed to be carried onto a plane, as well as the, ahem, particular use you might have for these items while aboard your flight.
• Hockey sticks: If you are having a hard time explaining to a seatmate the various penalties that occur in hockey, you can take out your stick and — a la Denis Lemieux in “Slap Shot” — give a vigorous demonstration of high-sticking, slashing, tripping, hooking, spearing and any other stick infraction.
• Lacrosse sticks: Let’s say you are traveling with a big group, but you end up seated in different parts of the plane. You could sling an iPod, a bag of peanuts or pretty much anything within reason from 16B to 25C in a hurry.
• Pool cues: This is just a proposal, but we’ve sat in exit rows before and you can’t tell us that extra space couldn’t be used for a miniature pool table. Just thinking out loud. Flight attendants would have to amend the preflight speech for those seated in the rows to include “and capable of making the 8-ball in the corner pocket,” but that’s a risk we have to take.
• Ski poles: We’ve all seen those beer commercials where simply opening a can of the colder-than-cold brew turns any kind of hot situation into a snow-and-ice party. Would you want to be at that party without ski poles if it happened on a plane? Or would you want those ski poles? The answer is obvious.
• Golf clubs (limit of two): Yeah, you can’t bring your whole bag. But you could bring, say, a couple of putters. How about a putting contest from one beverage cart to the next? Closest to the ginger ale wins.
• Novelty bats: The bat must be either less than 24 inches long (like a souvenir bat) or, if it is longer than that, less than 24 ounces ... like a whiffleball bat. If you aren’t already thinking about where the bases would be on a plane during a game of whiffle ball, then we can’t be friends.
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