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TSA: Small knives to be allowed back on airplanes


ALBANY, N.Y. - For the first time since 9-11 small knives will soon be allowed back on airplanes. That was the announcement made Tuesday by the Transportation Security Administration, and it's not all that they're letting back on board.

Starting April 25, 2013, knives with a blade no longer than 2.36 inches or six centimeters in length and no more than half an inch at its widest point will be allowed as a carry-on item. The change does not allow for knives that have a fixed blade or which locks firmly when in use, and it prohibits knives with a molded grip.

Razor blades and box cutters, which were used by 9-11 highjackers, are still off limits.

But even permitting smaller knives on board have some passengers concerned and have them questioning the logic.

"If you're going to allow any blades, I think you have to allow some of the other things less dangerous," said Malta resident Bob Holbrook.

"They got people taking off their shoes, and so now they're going to let them have knives now. And it's a little knife, but it can do damage and hurt somebody," said Altamont resident Marcia Scott.

The TSA defended it's decision, saying after reviewing the PIL and using a risk-based security approach, it is unlikely any of the items will result in catastrophic desruction of an aircraft.

The last time the TSA announced a change to their PIL was last summer when they began allowing small snowglobes on board. By making these most recent changes, officials said it will allow them to better focus their efforts on finding higher-threat items like explosives.

But knives are not the only items soon to be allowed on airplanes. Some sports equipment, including lacrosse sticks, pool cues, golf clubs, hockey sticks, and ski poles will be okay as well as certain novelty bats.

When NEWS 10 asked a TSA official when we can expect to see changes to the amount of liquids allowed on board, we were simply told the administration is constantly evaluating the situation.

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