TSA chief says pocket knife policy not changing

11:29 AM, Mar 15, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The pocket knife policy has been met with much controversy to where John Pistole, the chief of the Transportation Security Administration had to respond.

But his response was not something a lot of flight attendants, passengers, and federal air marshals wanted to hear.

Pistole declared the decision to allow small pocket knives on board would stand and be carried out as scheduled next month. He siad the small knives no longer pose a threat to aircraft security, which now focuses on bomb detection.

After 9/11, small knives and other sharp objects were banned from flights, along with items like nail clippers, screwdrivers, and cosmetic scissors.

Gradually, some of those bans have eased over the years. The new rules go into effect April 25, and the pocket knives must have blades less than 2.36 inches long and half an inch wide. Travelers can also start carrying hockey sticks, two golf clubs, certain toy bats and sports sticks on board.

Critics contend that even small pocket and other knives still pose a major security risk to airlines. They point to 9/11 where it's thought that the hijackers used box cutters to take control of four jetliners.

Box cutters and razor blades will remain on the the prohibited items list.

Pistole met with flight attendants this week, but admitted he could have done a better job of bringing them into the process earlier.


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