By Jim Stanford on March 6, 2013
A mountain man soon will be able to take one of his most indispensable possessions — a Leatherman or Swiss Army knife — with him when he travels by air.
The Transportation Security Administration announced yesterday that it will permit passengers to carry pocket knives on flights beginning April 25. The long-overdue change will allow knives with blades no more than 2.36 inches long (6 cm) and a half-inch wide.
According to ABC, the TSA confiscated tens of millions of pocket knives from flyers since 2001 — a gigantic waste and source of immeasurable aggravation.
Ski poles, golf clubs and hockey and pool sticks also will be allowed on flights under the new regulations.
Air travel just got a little less maddening. Except, of course, for longer security lines due to the sequester.