• TSA: Some knives, sports equipment to be allowed on planes

    By: Torie Wells


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Transportation Security Administration announced Tuesday it will soon allow more things to be carried on planes including some knives and sports equipment.

    The TSA released a statement saying, "Through TSA's layered approach to security, and to align more closely with International Civil Aviation Organization standards, effective April 25, 2013 TSA will allow knives that do not lock, and have blades that are 2.36 inches or 6 centimeters or less in length and are less than 1/2 inch in width, novelty-sized and toy bats, billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and two golf clubs as part of carry-on baggage."

    "This is part of an overall Risk-Based Security approach, which allows Transportation Security Officers to better focus their efforts on finding higher threat items such as explosives," the statement said.

    "That's a dangerous weapon. It doesn't have to be a big knife to hurt somebody," said George Wooten, a traveler at Charlotte Douglas Airport.

    "I don't think it's safe. We shouldn't have any weapons at all considering what happened on 9/11," said Allen Rivers, whose daughter was traveling from the Charlotte Douglas Airport.

    Tuesday, some flight attendant groups sent Eyewitness News statements, saying they were upset about the change.

    "We're just dumbfounded," said Jeffery Ewing, a safety representative for the Association of Professional Flight Attendants. "A threat is a threat regardless of whether it's an explosive or a 2 1/2 inch knife, it's a threat."

    He told Eyewitness News over the phone that he feels there is no reason to allow knives on board again and that there is no room for things like golf clubs and hockey sticks which will also be allowed.

    But some passengers told Eyewitness news they would rather see the TSA focus on things like explosives and ease up in other areas.

    "I think it should be a little more relaxed than it has been," said Don Spaulding, who was traveling through Charlotte Douglas Airport.

    A spokesperson for the TSA told the Associated Press that these changes come after an internal group studied the policy and found these changes won't pose a real danger.

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