Small knives will be allowed on planes

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Small knives will be allowed on planes

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by Scott Evans

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Posted on March 5, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 5 at 11:28 PM

BOISE -- The Transportation Security Administration is loosening up what items passengers are permitted to take onto an airplane. The change takes effect next month.

Small pocket knives are on the new list of items that passengers will soon be able to carry onto a plane.

It's been more than decade since the rules went into effect, and most of us know the drill when it comes to going through security at the airport.

"I usually keep a pretty close eye on the prohibited items list," said Michael Gullickson from Seattle, Wash.

But not everyone pays close attention to the prohibited list.

In May of 2012, KTVB asked Boise TSA officials to save and show us some of the prohibited items people tried to take onto planes. The agency showed us a lot of items that passengers, either knowingly or unknowingly, tried to get past security. Many of them are considered weapons.

With so many items not allowed onto planes, the TSA announced Tuesday the list of prohibited items is now getting shorter.

Starting in April, small pocket knives with 2.4-inch blades, no locking mechanism and no molded grip - can be taken onto a plane.

Some sporting good items will be allowed such as novelty-size baseball bats that are less than two-feet long, billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks and golf clubs – with a limit of two per passenger.

“This will allow us to better focus our efforts on finding higher threat items such as explosives, or improvised explosive device components that passengers may be trying to get passed security," said Lorie Dankers with TSA.

So how do travelers in Boise feel about the changes?

"I don't really see a whole big problem with it," said Gullickson.

"Higher risk, obviously, they still need to prohibit; but lower risk items, I think it will improve the whole process and help people get through the lines quicker," said Steve Seal from Farmington, Utah.

TSA hopes that will actually happen and passenger screening times will get shorter.

"It's important for people to know that we want to have our officers focus on those threats that can cause catastrophic damage to an aircraft," said Dankers.

These changes will align TSA's prohibited list with international standards.

They are also a part of TSA's move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to more of a risk-based approach when it comes to items on the prohibited list.

These changes go into effect April 25th.

By waiting nearly two months to implement the changes, TSA will be able to educate more travelers to make sure they understand the new rules.

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