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Mid-day talker: Knives, golf clubs, bats OK on planes now; large tubes of toothpaste still not

Posted by: Michael Rand under Airlines, Golf Updated: March 6, 2013 - 12:46 PM

In case you missed it, the Transportation Security Administration updated its list of prohibited items recently and there are several sports-related items now safe to bring onto planes as carry-on.

Of course, the new rules are even more confusing than the old rules -- hilariously so, in fact.

Now it is safe to carry a golf club (limit: 2) onto the plane. You can bring a hockey stick or a lacrosse stick onto a plane. You can bring a baseball bat (as long as it is shorter than 24 inches or weighs less than 24 ounces, which we believe is the old Denny Hocking model). You can also bring small knives on the plane.

But, of course, you still can't bring a full-size tube of toothpaste onto the plane.

So there you go.

We're sure there are very good reasons that blunt/sharp objects that could be used as weapons are now permitted, but for now we can only guess that the segment of the population that would want to bring a putter or a lacrosse stick on a flight has considerable sway with those who make the rules.

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