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Thursday, March 14 2013, 06:47 PM EDT
UPDATE: Flight Attendants Protest Pocket Knives Rules Change
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Associated Press is reporting that a flight attendants union is calling the policy change that would allow pocket knives on planes "outrageous."

Sara Nelson, vice president of the Association of Flight Attendants, said the new rule would put flight attendants "in a much more dangerous position."

On Tuesday the Transportation Security Administration announced a policy change that would allow airline passengers to carry small knives, souvenir baseball bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment onto planes, beginning next month.

Read the Yahoo.com report here.



Earlier coverage:

TSA Set To Defend Knife Rule Change

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the Transportation Security Administration will tell Congress on Thursday why they want to let passengers carry a small pocket knife on a plane. However, the proposed relaxed rules are making many people nervous. Blades have been banned on board since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

"I don't think it'll be too safe. They took it out for a reason," said Joseph Feliciano of Orlando.

Some, however, say it shouldn't be a problem. with limits.

"I know a lot of men carry them, my husband also. I think it's fine, as long as there's a limit on the size," said Joyce McMillan of Houston.

Pocket knives would have to be shorter than 2.36 inches and less than a half inch wide. Many airline personnel, federal air marshals, and lawmakers are staunchly opposed to the relaxed rules, saying it's a safety risk.

"They could be really dangerous if it's the right person holding it," said Arissa Bryant of Cleveland.

"It's also pretty tiny. I don't think you can do a whole lot of damage with it," said Jessy Coats of Dayton.

While the TSA acknowledges that small knives can cause serious and even deadly harm, it doesn't consider them a catastrophic threat, which is what the administration wants screeners to be focused on. TSA wants agents to find things that can bring down an entire aircraft like bombs.

There is proposed legislation that would block the TSA rule change, but nothing has been voted on yet. Currently, small knives will be allowed on planes beginning April 25.UPDATE: Flight Attendants Protest Pocket Knives Rules Change

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