Some travelers through Charleston International Airport don’t think it’s time for the Transportation Security Administration to allow small knives on planes.
“I don’t see any reason that a person has to have a knife on board,” Gail Walker, of Marion, Oh., said this morning.
TSA announced it is changing its security to align with international standards by allowing certain items through screening as carry-on.
Beginning April 25, 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.
Other newly approved carry-on items include novelty-sized toy bats, billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and two golf clubs as part of carry-on, TSA said on its website.
The change is designed to allow officers to better focus on “higher threat items,” the agency said, including explosives.
Walker said she has adjusted to travel life without bringing a small knife along and said the change is not needed now.