TSA to Let Pocket Knives on Airlines Under New Rules

Airport security eased; golf clubs and other sporting goods allowed.
1:54 | 03/05/13

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And a big change to tell you about tonight about to take place for american travelers heading towards security at the airport. For the first time since 9/11, the tsa is allowing some knives on board. An announcement greeted with confusion and outrage by flight attendants. Abc's david kerley has our story. Reporter: The things people try to carry on a plane my boggle your mind. But tonight, after more than a decade of confiscating tens of millions of pocket knives, the tsa says it's time for a change. You can now carry a small knife on board. We know the small little items are unlikely to be used again to try to hijack an aircraft. Reporter: In a month and a half, you'll be allowed to carry a folding life if the is less than 2.36 inches long. Golfer will be able to carry on two clubs and hockey, lacrosse and pool sticks are allowed on board. Razor blades and box cutters like those used on 9/11 will still be banned. Not every flight has an air marshal on board who is trained to deal with knife-wielding passengers, which is why the flight attendants are angry tonight, saying they and their passengers will not be at risk. Havg knives on board is a horrible decision and we're incredibly disappointed in the tsa for aowing weapons on board an aircraft. Reporter: Tsa says the change will allow officers to concentrate on more serious threats. Explosives. They find some of those. Everything from mortar rounds to fuses. And guns. Every day, four guns are found at u.S. Checkpoints and, on average, three of them are loaded. Diane, every month, at each of our 20 biggest airports, they collect about 850 pounds of confiscated goods. About half of that, more than 400 pounds, are these small knives and other larger knives, as well. They hope the changes will help these lines move a little quicker. Diane? All right, dave kerley, thank you.

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