TSA Announces New Carry-On Rules, Travelers Speak Out

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By Ashley Thompson

In a little over a month, you'll be able to bring previously banned items on airplanes as carry-ons. Besides knives, pool cues, golf clubs, souvenir baseball bats and hockey sticks will all be allowed on board the aircraft.

But it's the TSA's lift on small folding knives, which have been banned since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, that has most people talking. Montgomery Regional Airport Executive Assistant Mark Wnuk says small knives are no longer the significant threat that they once were.

"It's not so much the type of material, it's the threat," says Wnuk. "So if they perceive the threat to be of an explosive type situation where substances can be mixed to create a compound which will cause harm, then that will receive the attention."

Some passengers told us they feel the new carry-on rules will make traveling easier.

"I travel all the time and I don't carry those items with me," says traveler Aileen Sandoval. "I'm not worried about other passengers having them or anything like that. If it speeds up the lines and TSA though, fabulous!"

Although not everyone is thrilled with the new TSA rules. Some people at Montgomery Regional Airport say the new rules will do more harm than good.

"When I saw it for the first time, I was like why would they allow knives at the airport?" asks traveler Ryan Gholston. "For the most part, I think it'll be bad because what if somebody just wanted to be bold and try to do a hijack?"

Others say passengers trying to 'be bold' or bend the rules by attempting to bring other banned items through security will be stopped.

"I'm pretty sure they're going to catch it at the gate before they go through security," says traveler Craig Kurosu. "To me, it really doesn't matter."

"TSA will- before they put this rule out, they already have the equipment, the metal detectors and such, to detect that," says Wnuk. They'll already have the bins so it'll just be incorporated into the existing procedures that they have."

Knives being carried on must fold and be 2.36 inches or less. Box cutters and razors are still prohibited.

The new TSA carry-on guidelines will go into affect April 25, 2013.




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