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TSA to Allow Pocket Knives On Planes

By Stephanie Montano, smontano@krcrtv.com
Published On: Mar 06 2013 07:40:23 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

The U. S Transportation Security Administration is causing quite a stir by making some major changes to their carry-on policy beginning in April.

Starting April 25, airline passengers will be able to carry small knives and some sports equipment onto planes.

They will have some guidelines, however. Knives have to be less than 2.36 inches or 6 centimeters in length and less than half inch in width. Knives that are bigger and have a fixed blade than that will not be allowed.

Frequent flier Robert Viramontes said the new change does not worry him at all.

“People that are behind those kinds of incidents are a lot smarter than to use something like that,” Viramontes said. “I don't think that would be an incident at all; it doesn't really concern me.”

People against the new policy have said that it is too risky because hijackers on 9/11 took over planes using simple box cutters.

Certain sports items will also be allowed. Some of those include novelty-sized bats, ski poles, hockey sticks and other sports items that were previously banned.