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Travelers Speak Out About TSA Knife Policy Changes

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - It's been a few days since the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced a new policy. This one will allow small knives on board airplanes in the near future.

But on Monday, the agency came under fire by lawmakers and airline CEO's who are against the change, and West Texans are speaking out too.

Knives, golf clubs and bats. All of these sound like things that could be used as a weapon but they are all items that passengers will soon be allowed to carry on planes.

"I don't think it's right," Robert Henderson, said.

"You never know who's sitting next to you," Francisco Velasquez, said.

The TSA announced the changes last week.

The new policy allows fliers to carry pocket knives with blades that are 2.36 inches or less in length and the blade width can't be bigger than half an inch.

Travelers can also bring souvenir sized bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment like hockey sticks and ski poles.

On Monday, the CEO of Delta Airlines said he has legitimate concerns about the policy.

New York Senator Charles Schumer is even calling for the TSA to reverse the decision.

Spring Break travelers at Midland International Airport had mixed emotions.

"It don't make no difference how long the blade is, it can be an inch long and you can cut somebody's throat with it," Henderson said.

"Anybody can grab a bat and hit somebody over the head," Velasquez said.

But not everyone is worried.

"Oh I feel it's ok," Elizabeth Diaz, said. "They have plenty of all of those scanners so that won't be an issue. There's so many things that can be used as a weapon."

Others feel the TSA should focus their attention on the passengers flying instead.

"I wish they'd go to profiling," David Gould, said. "If an 80-year-old woman carries a one inch pocket knife, she's not gonna hurt anybody, but a young radical could."

Whether they agree or not, one thing most passengers tell us they're dreading? Longer wait times through security.

"I'm gonna have to wait two hours today, I'd hate to wait three hours next time I come around," Velasquez said.

The new policy goes into effect April 25.

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