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Travelers torn over new TSA regulations


Small knives will soon be allowed on airplanes, after TSA relaxed a number of regulations for travelers.

Starting on April 25th, you can bring a small knife in your carry-on luggage. Hockey sticks and small baseball bats have also been added to the mix.

This change has people heated and sparked views on both sides of the issue.    

TSA officials say the move allows them to focus on more serious matters, including guns and explosives.

"We know that these small little items are unlikely to be used again to try and hijack an aircraft," Professor of Aviation Management Jeff Price said.

"I would like to see them focus on other things," Sally Berman, Ontonagon, MI said.

After a review of current regulations, TSA leaders say small knives do not pose a significant threat. But flight attendant union representatives disagree.

"Having knives on board is a horrible decision and we are incredibly disappointed in TSA for allowing weapons on board an aircraft," Association of Flight Attendants President Veda Shook said.

CWA traveler Paulette Lang agree, saying, "I don't think they should allow knives onto the planes, no matter what size they are, because they can be threatening."

Lang says safety is her number one priority when she takes to the sky.

"I think we all want to be safe when we're flying. We don't want to be threatened," Lang said.

But others at CWA say the change is not a big deal.

"I don't think anybody is going to try to take over an airplane with a little knife," Mark Meacham of Marathon City said.

Meacham says some of TSA's regulations are unnecessary.

"When people can't take their shampoo on their flight that seems to me to be a little bit over the top" Meacham said.

TSA estimates four tons of knives are confiscated each month at the 20 largest airports in the country. Officials say the change will speed up the security process, but federal air marshals and flight attendants are encouraging TSA to reconsider.


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