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April 23, 2013

TSA delays policy for knives aboard planes

Policy was to go in effect Thursday

ORLANDO —

Federal officials said they are delaying a policy that would allow passengers to carry small knives, bats and other sports equipment onto airliners.

The Transportation Security Administration said Monday the policy change has been delayed to accommodate feedback from an advisory committee made up of aviation industry, consumer and law enforcement officials.

The TSA proposed the policy change last month, saying it would free up the agency to concentrate on protecting against greater threats. TSA screeners confiscate about 2,000 small folding knives from passengers every day.

The policy change also included small baseball bats, up to two golf clubs per passenger, hockey sticks and lacrosse sticks.

When the initial policy change was made, many passengers, pilots and flight attendants across the country were outraged that people would be allowed to bring small knives with them on an airplane.

Frequent flier Rich Kashian said he is against letting passenger have pocket knives on planes.

"I don't like it," Kashian said. "I travel every week and I don't think they should. It's that simple."

Traveler Solly Williams said she isn't sure. "I don't know honestly. I have mixed feelings on whether or not a pocket knife should be allowed. I think we've all learned how to conform to the current rules. I trust the people that make the rules based on what they've seen people try to get on to the planes all the time."

The policy was to go into effect Thursday. TSA officials said the delay is only temporary and no date has been set yet for when the change will start.

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