WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP) - Knives on a plane. Starting in April, you will be allowed to carry-on certain sharp objects.
The Transportation Security Administration or TSA is focusing its efforts on threats like explosives.
Large knives still won't be allowed, but small sharp objects still pose a threat.
The TSA is loosening its carry-on restrictions. Passengers with small knives like a wine opener or Swiss army knives smaller than 2.36 inches will be allowed to carry those items on planes. Box cutters, razor blades and fixed blades still won't be allowed.
"I think those small knives can't do much and I hope they let me bring my cuticle scissors on also", says Amherst's Barbara Goldstein.
The TSA sent this statement to 22News:
Through TSA's layered approach to security, and to align more closely with International Civil Aviation Organization standards, effective April 25, 2013, TSA will allow knives that do not lock, and have blades that are 2.36 inches or 6 centimeters or less in length and are less than 1/2 inch in width, novelty-sized and toy bats, billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and two golf clubs as part of their carry-on baggage. This is part of an overall Risk-Based Security approach, which allows Transportation Security Officers to better focus their efforts on finding higher threat items such as explosives.
Beginning April 25th you're going to be able to take a few extra items through the security line at the airport and that has some passengers concerned.
"Not really slow up the lines there's enough to slow them up. Somebody using them on a plane that would be more of a concern I would think", says Paul Russman from Clifton Park, New York.
The TSA will also allow some sporting equipment like ski poles, lacrosse and hockey sticks, pool cues and novelty bats to be carried onto flights.
Here are pictures and descriptions of exactly what type of objects will be allowed on planes.