Air Travelers May Soon Pack Small Pocket Knives Into Carryons
TSA made the announcement todayPhoto: Video by kmtv.com
CREATED Mar. 5, 2013
Omaha, NE - Transportation Security Screeners may not stop you the next time you pack a pocket-knife into your carry on.
"I'd probably be opposed to it I mean there's no need to carry a knife on board a plane and it could be dangerous I think," Gary Golike said.
Today the TSA announced small knives in carry ons are allowed on flights starting April 25th, but there are restrictions. The blade can't be longer than 2.36 inches in length from tip to where the blade meets the handle, and the blade can't be more than a half inch in width. It must be a folding knife and can't have a molded grip.
A spokesperson for Southwest Airlines says the new rule could put the safety of flight attendants in jeopardy. "They're allowing these items to come through and they're putting the responsibility of the cabin completely on us even though they know coming through security are these items," Stacy Martin said.
Small pocket knifes aren't the only newly approved items. Toy bats and sporting equipment such as hockey sticks and golf clubs will also be allowed on board.
Not all passengers are opposed to the new changes, "I don't think it's too much of a threat to safety, it's been a long time since there's been problems on planes I guess," Jesse Donell said.
TSA officials says the changes bring U.S. regulations in line with international safety rules.