Airlines May Not Allow the Same Items as the TSA
Travelers can spend hours in the security lines at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. However, travel experts we spoke to believe TSA lifting the ban some sports equipment and small pocket knives will cut that wait time in half.
"I really think it's going to make life a lot easier for everybody," said owner of Travel Leaders travel agency Sandy Lovick.
But not everybody feels the same way.
"Maybe we'll get toothpaste and shampoo on board first. That would be great," said Leslie Mayo, spokesperson for the Association of Professional Flight Attendants. "It is put upon the flight attendants to find the storage space and they're not exactly adding more overhead bins and closets on board. They're adding more seats."
Also adding wait time on the other end of the security line. But nothing is final yet.
"If you look at the airline website right now the sports equipment is still considered must be checked luggage," said Lovick.
Lovick says airlines could choose to keep that rule in place. Although airlines try to operate within TSA guidelines and regulations, they are private companies and don't have to allow everything TSA does.
"There's no more room on the aircraft for more items so to see two golf clubs potentially per passenger is a huge challenge for flight attendants on board," said Mayo.
Most airlines will check an item for free at the gate if it doesn't fit in the overhead bins.