Transportation officials announced Sunday that they will allow carrying of folded umbrellas in airlines.
The Office of Transportation Security (OTS) of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said it will ease banning of folded umbrellas on airplanes.
The agency confirmed that travelers can bring the particular type of umbrella in both carry-on and checked-in baggages.
“OTS held a consultation meeting with airlines and airport operators, where the latter recommended to include umbrellas as a prohibited item for carry-on bag having sharp and pointed components,” it said in a Facebook post.
“During the lengthy discussion on 08 October 2019, the OTS come in consensus with the Airlines Operators Council and airport authorities, to hear the voices of the public and provide corrective action to allow folded umbrellas in both carry-on and checked baggage.”
Meanwhile, cane umbrellas are still not allowed for carry-on luggage.
According to the OTS, banning of some seemingly innocent items, including umbrellas, was implemented since they pose a danger to the safety of passengers and aircraft.