Sharp objects still banned in carry-on luggage: CAA

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Sat, Apr 13, 2013 - Page 3

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said yesterday that passengers departing from or transiting through Taiwan are still required to put sharp objects and sports equipment in their check-in baggage, despite a recent change in the US Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) policy regarding prohibited items in carry-on luggage.

The TSA had announced that starting on April 25, certain sharp objects and sports equipment would be allowed in the flight cabin as carry-on luggage.

A knife would be allowed if the blade is no longer than 6cm in length from the tip to where it meets the handle or hilt; the blade width is no more than 1.27cm at its widest point; it does not have a locking or fixed blade and it does not have a modeled grip, the TSA said.

Sporting equipment allowed to be carried through airport security includes billiard cues or sticks, lacrosse sticks, golf clubs (limited to two), hockey sticks and ski poles, it said.

TSA also allowed small novelty or toy bats to be carried in carry-on luggage.

CAA Deputy Director-General Lee Wan-li (李萬里) said that only the French government had announced that it would change its list of prohibited items in carry-on luggage in response to the changes in the TSA regulations.

No other country has indicated that they are following suit, Lee said.

“We have also discussed this matter with the nation’s carriers and the Aviation Police, and reached the conclusion that we are not prepared to have the same regulations here,” Lee said.

Lee said that the nation has maintained the policy that passengers carrying knives, sharp objects, guns, firearms, martial arts equipment, bars, tools, farming equipment or sports equipment must properly store them in checked-in baggage.

The policy applies to all passengers departing from or transiting through Taiwan, as well as those returning from overseas via Taiwanese carriers, he added.

Passengers returning from overseas on US carriers are not required to observe the policy, he said.