Feds delay policy to allow small knives on planes


It was a long trip home for Larry Hall.

"We're home safe," Hall said.

And Hall will feel safer next time he flies, now the TSA has decided to continue its ban on knives and sports gear on planes.

"It's a weapon," Hall said. "Remember the original 9/11? They took it that way, with box cutters. Anyway that's my feeling," he said.

And most Americans feel the same way. In one poll, almost three-quarters of Americans polled were for a ban - even on penknives.

The TSA announcement came as a surprise because just last month it said penknives and some other banned items would be allowed back onto planes starting this Thursday. But after the Boston bombing and word Monday that Canada broke up a bomb plot targeting a train, TSA put off allowing knives and lacrosse and hockey sticks and more back on planes.

TSA says it's to give trainers more time to prepare screeners for a change in policy. And it also wants to consult with other security experts.

"I'm not carrying explosives or knives on planes, so it doesn't really apply to me, but you know just for the safety of everyone, I think they are making the right move," said passenger Connor Daly.

"I don't think they are very comfortable with their decision," said passenger Blair Rogers. "I'm not comfortable with them allowing knives. I can understand that would require more consideration. I used to play lacrosse. I know the kind of damage that could do."

But others have no problem lifting the ban on some of those items, including small penknives

"I personally think they have gotten a little too strict with their restrictions," said Sarah Bons.

"The small knives don't really bother me," said passenger Sandy Anderson. "The hockey sticks, those are scary."


WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials say they're delaying a policy that would allow passengers to carry small knives, bats and other sports equipment onto airliners.

The Transportation Security Administration said Monday that the policy change has been delayed to accommodate feedback from an advisory committee made up of aviation industry, consumer and law enforcement officials.

John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration, proposed the policy change last month, saying it would free up the agency to concentrate on protecting against greater threats. TSA screeners confiscate about 2,000 small folding knives from passengers every day.

The policy was to go into effect Thursday. The TSA's statement said the delay was temporary, but no new date for implementation was provided.

The policy has been fiercely opposed by flight attendants' unions.

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