What we’re reading: TSA to allow certain items, AA/US get request from DOJ, ANA’s new problems


TSA to permit pocket knives and golf clubs on planes (but still not liquids)

TSA has eased its restrictions by allowing travelers to bring small pocket knives and golf clubs on planes.

Bloomberg reported that the change is to conform with international rules, citing that travelers will be able to carry on knives with “retractable blades shorter than 6 centimeters (2.4 inches) and narrower than 1/2 inch at the widest point,” and that, “the agency is moving away from uniform procedures that apply to every passenger and toward efforts to perform background checks on passengers before they arrive at an airport.”

American Airlines and US Airways receive request from DOJ in connection with proposed merger

AMR and US Airways Group received a request for more information from the Department of Justice in connection to the proposed merger.

A DOJ Second Request is a standard part of the regulatory process. A Second Request extends the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, during which the parties may not close the transaction until 30 days after American Airlines and US Airways have substantially complied with the Second Request (or the waiting period is otherwise terminated by the DOJ).

Continued 787 grounding causes ANA new problems

The grounding of the 787 is causing scheduling headaches for ANA.

Although Boeing is working to get the 787s flying again, any certified solution will come too late for one of ANA’s highest-demand weeks. To reduce uncertainty, ANA has already extended 787 flight cancellations to the end of May, encompassing Japan’s traditional holiday period known as Golden Week.