MEDFORD, Ore. — The Transportation Security Adminstration is allowing items like pocket-knives on a plane again. It’s one of several items airports are now allowing since the September 11th attack in 2001.
Specifically, pocket knives that do not lock, and knife blades that are up to 2.36 inches, will be allowed. Items like box-cutters are still banned. TSA officials say they want their employees to be more focused on higher priority threats like explosives, rather than being tied up checking for other items.
Travelers tell NewsWatch12 while pocket-knives are a handy tool, it’s still a weapon.
“A 2-inch pocket knife can kill somebody. So you get somebody in the right spot with it. I guess it would be easy to hold somebody hostage with it, and at that point if you’re threatening one person, can you take over the whole airplane,” said one traveler, Adam Martinez.
“It’s a little bit of a concern. ‘Cause like I said, its a weapon. Its a little one, but still, if someone wants to do damage, I guess they will anyway,” said resident Lana Lee.
Other items also allowed on the plane include sports equipment, like bats, billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks and golf clubs. TSA officials say they want their employees to be more focused on higher priority threats like explosives, rather than being tied up checking for other items. The change will take effect April 25, 2013.