TSA to allow knives on airplanes starting on April 25. On March 5, CNN reported that TSA is going to begin allowing different items on board flights which were prohibited following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Items to soon be allowed in the cabin of the plane include knives, golf clubs, toy bats, and ski poles to name a few.
"Knives with blades that are 2.36 inches (6 centimeters) or shorter and less than a 1/2 inch wide will be permitted on U.S. airline flights as long as the blade is not fixed or does not lock into place. Razor blades and box cutters are still not permitted," CNN reported. This is a risky move but one that is necessary according to many.
TSA's decision to allow knives proves that there is a confidence in new security systems and airport screening systems that will hopefully keep terrorists at bay. Naturally some passengers are concerned about the new rules of the sky, but TSA feels as though it's a good time to start introducing some of these things back in to air travel life.
"Unfortunately, the reality has been that we've had this patchwork of regulations and systems that in some part... have been carried on the shoulders of the airlines," said Capt. Sean Cassidy, first vice president of the Air Line Pilots Association International (via CNN).
What do you think of TSA's decision to allow knives on airplanes?
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