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TSA stands by plan to allow small knives on planes

March 14, 2013 • National News


FILE – In this Nov. 9, 2011 file photo, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John Pistole testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pistole on Thursday, March 14, 2013 told lawmakers he stands by his plan to allow passengers to carry small knives onto planes despite a growing backlash against the proposal. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Transportation Security Administration told lawmakers Thursday he stands by his plan to allow passengers to carry small knives onto planes despite a growing backlash against the proposal.

It’s unlikely in these days of hardened cockpit doors and other preventative measures that the small folding knives could be used by terrorists to take over a plane, TSA Administrator John Pistole told a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee.

On the other hand, searching for the knives on passengers or in their carry-on bags is time consuming, Pistole said. TSA screeners confiscate about 2,000 such knives every day, with each incident chewing up about two to three minutes, he said.

“I think the decision is solid and it stands and we plan to move forward,” Pistole said.

The policy, which goes into effect April 25, has sparked strong opposition Login to read more

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