TSA forgives golf clubs
By mustang6560 on 3/6/13
The Transportation Security Administration announced yesterday it will permit passengers to carry two golf clubs onto passenger planes for the first time since 9/11.
The agency will permit knives with retractable blades shorter than 6 centimeters (2.36 inches) and narrower than 1/2 inch, TSA Administrator John Pistole said today at an aviation security conference in Brooklyn. The change, to conform with international rules, takes effect April 25.

Passengers will also be allowed to board flights with some other items that are currently prohibited, including sticks used to play lacrosse, billiards and hockey, ski poles and as many as two golf clubs, Pistole said.
The top officials at TSA must not play golf. There isn't much you can do with two clubs. You need at least three — wood, mid- to low-iron, and putter — to play a decent round of golf.

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mjaber says:
I disagree with allowing some of the sporting equipment on the list (inculding golf clubs) on as carry-on. Not because it can be used as a weapon, but because it won't fit in the overhead. Hockey sticks? Ski Poles? Even 1-piece pool cues. I think they made a mistake here.
Torleif Sorenson says:
MJaber is right. Tell me this isn't a government operation.
joe jones says:
For years I carried on my home made long putter on board. The stewardess would lock it in their closet and I would retrieve it when I disembarked.In those day's long putters where not available at resorts and mine was a one of a kind. One year the FAA ruled that I would have to check it in a separate box because it was considered a potential deadly weapon. It always infuriated me because tennis players could carry on two or three racquet's witch I thought would be a lot easier to swing than a 48 " putter.They then changed the rule to include racquet's as well. Eventually I made a putter that screwed together and was 44 " long. I could put that in my carry on bag and it was allowed.Some rules are just dumb and deserve to be broken. Government prejudice against long putters be damned. '
mjaber says:
@joe jones... it's not about the long putter. It's about the amount of space available on the plane. When I was travelling frequently, I often had to "gate check" one of my carry-on's, because others were allowed 2 carry-on's neither of which would fit under their seat, so they had to take up 2 spaces in the overhead. I, who had 1 carry-on that would fit under my seat (laptop bag) and 1 that would fit correctly (wheels in/out) in any overhead, had to check one of my bags, and pray it got on the plane with me and was there when we landed.
joe jones says:
mjaber. What part of my explanation did you not read. My putter was locked up in the stewardess locker not under the seat or in the overhead. Look up the history of when security tightened. Any thing that could be considered a security threat was banned. My comment about government prejudice was a tongue in cheek reference to the stupid comments people make against what they consider to be non conforming. I still have people walk up to me on the practice green and ask me what I am going to do now that the long putter has been banned.You can't teach dumb.
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