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U.S. airports will soon allow passengers to carry pocket knives

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Passengers flying out of U.S. airports will soon notice more relaxed rules when it comes to what they can carry on board with them.

Starting April 25, passengers will be allowed to carry small pocket knives. However, the blades cannot be longer than 2.3 inches, nor wider than half an inch. 

Box cutters, larger knives and those with locking blades and molded grips will still be banned.

Since the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001, all blades became forbidden in cabins when terrorists used box cutters to hijack four airliners.

The new rules will also allow previously forbidden sports equipment, including golf clubs, lacrosse sticks and ski poles.

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