Michigan airports still ban pocketknives despite TSA rule change

Discussion in 'Travel Security' started by sobore, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. sobore
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    Pocketknives are prohibited in Michigan airports, but beginning next month the U.S. Transportation Security Administration says agents will allow them through security checkpoints anyway.
    TSA recently announced that starting April 25, agents will permit travellers to carry on pocketknives with blades less than 6 cm long and less than half an inch wide. Souvenir baseball bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment also will be permitted.

    But while TSA says pocketknives are acceptable, the state of Michigan disagrees.
    TSA's decision was made to comply with international standards and to allow TSA to focus on more serious threats, administration spokesman David Castelveter said.

    A Michigan law passed in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001 prohibits people from carrying knives of any blade length in the secure area of an airport, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Similar laws have been put in place in California and Massachusetts, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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  2. uggboy
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    I presume, Michigan is Michigan, and it can does what it wants. ;)
  3. Mike Reed

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    That's typically how state's rights work, though most folks have forgotten this. The REAL problem is enforcement - if you boarded a plane in DFW and flew to MKE with a pocketknife, you could be in violation of the law the minute you deboard.

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