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posted 03.06.2013 at 2.11 p.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Lacrosse Sticks to be Allowed in Carry-On Luggage

Sticks on a Plane?

Lacrosse players, coaches and perhaps equipment managers are surely rejoicing with a change in Transportation Security Administration (TSA) policy that will allow lacrosse sticks in carry-on luggage starting April 25.

An array of sporting equipment and small pocketknives — banned from aircraft cabins after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — will now be allowed, bringing the U.S. into alignment with international rules, the TSA said in a statement Tuesday.

Surely this changes the game for lacrosse travel.

For one, Major League Lacrosse players travel on commercial flights throughout the summer, sometimes losing luggage on their way to a game the night before. And then there's just the comfort in knowing your stick is right beside you, or above you, instead of in the cavernous checked-baggage compartment.

But what does this mean for team travel? I can't imagine a group of 25 or so players all bringing their sticks onto a plane. There would be no room for anyone else's stuff.

Other sporting equipment that will be allowed on planes includes two golf clubs, toy bats, ski poles, hockey sticks or pool cues.

There was no stipulation in the TSA's statement referencing long or short sticks, however the agency says "If a passenger is unsure if an item meets ... requirements, TSA recommends that the item be placed in checked luggage. The final decision rests with TSA on whether to allow any items through security checkpoints."

There is some controversy over the change in policy, however, which also says that some pocketknives will be permitted on flights.

The TSA said the move was made to "better focus their efforts on finding higher threat items such as explosives."

But the Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions, which represents 90,000 flight attendants called the measure "a poor and short-sighted decision by the TSA," and a safety risk.

I'm sure many lacrosse players will weigh their options.