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TSA to change what passengers are allowed to carry on planes

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TSA to change what passengers are allowed to carry on planes

TSA to Allow Scissors, Tools on Planes

By LESLIE MILLER, Associated Press Writer

2 hours ago

WASHINGTON - Airline passengers will be allowed to carry small scissors and tools onto planes, reversing a rule that led to confiscation of many thousands of sharp objects at airports since the Sept. 11 terror attacks, a Homeland Security Department official said Wednesday.

Transportation Security Administration chief Kip Hawley on Friday will announce changes to the list of items prohibited in carry-on luggage and to the airport screening process, according to the official, who spoke only on condition of anonymity because the plan has yet to be announced.

With federal air marshals on planes, bulletproof cockpit doors, armed pilots and 100 percent screening of checked baggage, the threat of a terrorist taking over an airplane has lessened since the 2001 attacks, the official said. The biggest concern now is explosives.

Though the new list of prohibited items hasn't been finalized, certain sharp objects won't be on it, the official said, including scissors less than 4 inches long and wrenches and screwdrivers less than 7 inches long.

Air Transport Association spokesman David Castelveter said the industry has been briefed on the plan and supports it.

"What we believe, as does the TSA, is that we should be focusing on what poses the greatest risk," Castelveter said.

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1. Re: TSA to change what passengers are allowed to carry on planes

will these people ever make up their minds? sheesh LOL

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2. Re: TSA to change what passengers are allowed to carry on planes

I would think that this decision is contrary to what they're trying to prevent, but that's that.

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3. Re: TSA to change what passengers are allowed to carry on planes

Interestingly enough, my partner and I just returned from our vacation in Paris, through Cincinnati airport, and the baggage screeners took our lighters away from us as we went through Customs and Immigration BEFORE we could leave the airport for our drive home. We went to Paris through the same airport, (it has a direct flight) and had the very same lighters in our pockets. It's kind of like closing the barn door AFTER the fact. Go figure.