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Knives, baseball bats OK under upcoming TSA rule changes

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INDIANAPOLIS -

A new move to allow knives on planes is prompting concern and even outrage.

"Have you forgotten? Have you forgotten 2001?" asked airline passenger Eva Thomas.

Thomas had that question for TSA after hearing travelers will now be allowed to carry folding knives onto planes as long as the blade is less than 2.3 inches long.

"It just makes no sense, because you're still allowing people to bring weapons on board," said Thomas as she sat in the Indianapolis International Airport.

Others that will soon be off the prohibited carry on list: souvenir baseball bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment, like ski poles, and pool cues.

Box cutters and razor blades will still be banned from carry-on luggage.

It's all part of an effort by the TSA to focus on higher risk items like possible explosives.

"If you think about it, explosives would take out more, the chance to take out more people," said traveler Rhonda Gambill.

Passenger Rob Howell said he's okay with more restrictions.

"I kind of wish they wouldn't change the rule. Like, I feel safer the way it is now," said Howell.

It seems groups representing flight attendants and federal air marshals feel the same way. They said the changes will make flight attendants "sitting ducks."

"I'm sure. Because they're feeling threatened. Their lives are threatened," agreed Thomas.

"What do you need a two-inch blade for in the airport anyways?" asked Gambill.

"You don't know who you're letting on these planes with these weapons. You just don't know it," Thomas added. "Before you know it, you're gonna forget 9-11 completely."

Groups representing flight attendants and federal air marshals plan on asking the TSA to reconsider. The new changes will not take effect until April 23.

New TSA rules explained

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