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TSA revisits policy allowing small knives on planes

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Updated: 4/23/2013 3:13 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. - Transportation Security Administration officials are now delaying a policy that would allow passengers to carry small knives on planes.

The TSA says the policy change, which was originally planned to go into effect Thursday, April 25, has been delayed to accommodate feedback from an advisory committee made up of aviation industry, consumer and law enforcement officials. Since its announcement in March, the decision to allow passengers to carry knives less than two and a half inches long had received widespread opposition, sparking outrage among  travelers, flight attendants and pilots alike.

The decision to delay the policy is being strongly supported by Senator Charles Schumer, who has been a staunch opponent of the plan since its announcement. 

"This delay acknowledges that permitting knives on planes is a bad idea; now the TSA should go the rest of the way and end this flawed policy all together," Schumer said in a response to the postponement Monday. "Anything less than a full reversal will be unsatisfactory for passengers and the hard working flight attendants, pilots, and air marshals who keep our planes safe every day."

John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration, proposed the policy change in March, saying it would allow agency officials to concentrate on protecting against greater threats. As the it stands, the 'no knives rule' enables TSA screeners to confiscate about 2,000 small folding knives from passengers every day.

The TSA's statement said the delay was temporary, but did not provide a new date for the policy to go into effect.
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