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TSA to Allow Small Knives, Bats, Clubs On Planes

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Updated 3/6 at 6pm

It's been more than 10 years since the September 11th terrorism attack and in that time many changes have been made at airports. But the newest changes brought up by the TSA are considered by some a step in the wrong direction. For one, you won't need to leave your small pocket knife at home anymore! Valley News Live explains how these newest regulations, or lack there of, will be in place in the near future.

If you've taken a flight in the past ten years, you've likely been caught playing the waiting game as everyone is cleared for takeoff. Everyone including flight attendants like the one we ran into outside Hector International Airport, "it was inconvenience for us for a period of time. Just like going through TSA through our security checks, it's an inconvenience."

TSA, the Transportation Security Administration won't let you board with aerosol cans, strike anywhere matches, or more than three ounces of liquid but late April they'll let you bring items onto a plane many flight attendant union officials are concerned about.

The TSA's motto is your safety is our priority. So how do they ensure that? By banning multiple items like guns, sharp objects, and club like items. But come April 25th some of those items will be back on the fly list including sharp objects, pocket knives, and club like items like novelty baseball bats, and that has some concerned.

Tami Nelson of Williston is taking a flight to Las Vegas to get out of the North Dakota weather and says she wouldn't be comfortable knowing someone could have a knife on them,"I think it's probably not a good idea. I think it will alarm people."

So on April 25th, knives that can't lock in place, smaller than 2 and a third inches, with no molded grip, will be allowed on flights. But the one flight attendant we chatted with says it's not a concern to her. "Like I said I'm not alone on these flights and I don't think a little pocket knife is going to make that much of a difference."

You can also bring along your mini baseball bat, or a handful of sports equipment like pool sticks, golf clubs, ski poles, or a hockey stick as your carry on. But as one flight attendant puts it, if someone is prepared to use it, she's prepared to react.

"I carry duct tape that's my defense mechanism. I got passengers that are going to help me secure anyone who is giving me a hard time."

The TSA says the move will allow their security officers to better focus on finding higher threat items like explosives. The new more limited restrictions will go into effect April 25th.

 

 


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Airline passengers will be allowed to carry small knives, souvenir baseball bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment on planes beginning next month.

That announcement Tuesday by John Pistole, head of the federal Transportation Security Administration, drew an immediate outcry from unions representing flight attendants and other airline workers.

The unions said the items can be a danger to airline workers and passengers. They said TSA's decision to drop its prohibition on passengers carrying the items onboard was made for the convenience of the agency's screeners, not the safety of the traveling public.

TSA spokesman David Castelveter said armed pilots, federal air marshals and airline crew members trained in self-defense provide additional layers of security to protect against misuse of the items.

 

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