TSA To Allow Knives On Planes Starting In April
CHARLOTTE, NC- Starting next month, the TSA says you can take knives on a plane!
It's the first time the weapons will be allowed since the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Phyllis Smolen travels with a pendant on her jacket in memory of those who lost their lives during the attacks.
Smolen says allowing knives on board is a step in the wrong direction.
"I don't think any objects that could pose a threat to passengers, crew or pilots should be allowed to be brought on," said Smolen.
But starting April 25, passengers going through U.S. airports can bring on board swiss army-type knives with blades no longer than 2.6 inches.
The ban-lift does not include razors or knives with molded grips.
In addition to pocket knives, passengers will be able to make it through security and onto the plane with ski poles, lacrosse and hockey sticks, souvenir baseball bats and golf clubs.
"We don't ever know what the person next to us is thinking and you don't ever know if this is the time they decide to take their own life and take everyone with them. I'm just very concerned about that," said L. Diane Bennett, a South Charlotte resident.
Some travelers say TSA has it's security priorities mixed up - still checking shoes and limiting liquids carry-ons.
"For example, I just got a deoderant can banned from going into the plane but now I can see a guy bringing a knife into the plane. That doesn't make sense," said Alex Campos, a business traveler from Mexico.
The union for Southwest Airlines flight attendants is already speaking out, calling the decision dangerous.
"The innocence is gone and we have to be smart," said Smolen.