TSA revises list of prohibited carry-on items, will allow small pocket knives

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Transportation Security Administration is shortening its list of prohibited carry-on items to allow small pocket knives and some sporting equipment.

The reason for the change?

The head of the TSA said he wants his security officers focused on possible explosives that could cause more damage.

“It’s fine. It’s about time. I’m tired of checking my luggage all of the time,” said Jim Haynes, who was flying out of Indianapolis Wednesday.

“I think it’s a big mistake,” said Barbara Quack, who was waiting for a friend at the Indianapolis International Airport.

Beginning April 25, the smallest pocket knives that do not lock and have blades that are 2.36 inches or less in length and are less than a half inch in width will be permitted through security checkpoints across the country.

Some sporting equipment will also be allowed: novelty and toy bats, ski poles, hockey and lacrosse sticks, billiard cues and up to two golf clubs.

“I would hope that they know exactly what they’re doing,” said Rachel McDaniel, who was waiting on her husband at the airport.

Similar items that TSA officials said will get you stopped are razor blades, box cutters and full-size bats.

The Flight Attendants Union Coalition is calling the change a ‘poor and short-sided decision by TSA.’ The coalition released a statement that in part read: “We believe that these proposed changes will further endanger the lives of all Flight Attendants and the passengers we work so hard to keep safe and secure.”

“I don’t think they should be allowed at all. It’s crazy enough what people try to do,” said Jane King, who was waiting on her mother.

“The pendulum swung way to the left, and I think we overdid it, and we’re now making a correction, an adjustment that may be more reasonable for the flying public,” said Barry Wheeless, a traveler.

Indianapolis International Airport officials declined to comment on the change.

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