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Weekly Crime Poll: Knives on Planes?

By March 8, 2013

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The Transportation Security Administration announced a change in policy which will soon allow passengers to carry small knives onto planes.

According to the TSA, changes to the list of "allowed" items that passengers can carry onto planes will begin April 25, 2012, and will include:
  • Small Pocket Knives - small knives with non-locking blades smaller than 2.36 inches and less than 1/2 inch in width

  • Small Novelty Bats and Toy Bats

  • Ski Poles, Hockey Sticks, Lacrosse Sticks, Billiard Cues

  • Golf Clubs (Limit Two)

Groups opposed to the changes includes the Flight Attendants Union Coalition, representing 90,000 flight attendants, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, representing 26,000 members, and the Coalition of Airline Pilot Associations, representing 22,000 pilots.

Poll: Do you agree with the TSA policy change regarding small knives?

See Also:
TSA Prohibited Items List Changing April 25th

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March 13, 2013 at 8:31 am
(1) LeSpot says:

Homeland Security has the entire airline security procedure bass ackwards. The Screeners should only look for explosives. Period. There is ample technology now to “sniff” out any form of explosive but even that should be backed up by dogs. A properly trained dog’s nose can find things that even the best technology misses and vice versa.
No flight is allowed to take off without a pilot, copilot and navigator. Likewise, no flight should be allowed to take off without a sky marshal.
A sky marshal, armed to the teeth, and with a panic button device that would alert the pilot to set it down at the nearest possible airport while denying anyone access to the flight deck and to alert all airports within range that they have a possible rogue aircraft and it’s flight number, origin and destination. This would eliminate the long lines at the gates, prevent old ladies and babies from being groped, eliminate pornographic xrays, cut cost because you wouldn’t have an army of personnel to molest the travelers and make air travel much safer than it is NOW.

March 13, 2013 at 5:09 pm
(2) rose young-stewart says:

TSA will do whatever it wants to do. One time there was no need for them now they have become experts at discovering ways to make life miserable for most travelers. No matter what we squawk about, thye will always do whatever thye want. no use losing sleep over it. But i would like to comment on your comment where you felt all they need to do is check for explosives? hehehehehehehehehehe

March 14, 2013 at 10:32 am
(3) Dave Pollard says:

I’m a senior who has served my country, lived a law abiding life and not hurt anyone. I have carried a small knife with a nail file and screwdriver blade since I was 5 years old and I use it daily. I think it’s absurd I can’t do something I have done all my life and is a daily part of my life. I haven’t been on a plane since that law went into effect.

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