... 'cause the airlines till require them to be checked! Unless the airlines changes their regulations & tariffs, if the newly allowed item doesn't fit in your pocket or carry-on, there's probably no effective change. KAAL TV: Airlines May Not Allow the Same Items as the TSA (Mar 6 2013) 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...."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.