Airline passengers will be allowed to carry small knives on planes under a policy change announced Tuesday by the Transportation Security Administration.

Knives with blades no longer than 2.36 inches or wider than a half-inch will be allowed in carry-on bags beginning April 25, TSA Administrator John Pistole told an airline industry gathering in New York. Box cutters, razor blades and knives with fixed or locking blades are still banned, as they have been since the 9/11 attacks.

airport_inspectionNovelty-size and toy bats, billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and two golf clubs also will be allowed as carry-on items.

Nico Melendez, a TSA spokesman, said the decision was part of the agency’s new risk-based approach to security.

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