HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Security switches are coming to airports nationwide.
The Transportation Security Administration announced today it will allow travelers to bring small knives, golf clubs and hockey sticks into airline cabins for the first time since 2001.
The following items will now be allowed:
•Knives without a molded grip and with blades that don't lock and are less than 6 centimeters or 2.36 inches.
•Novelty-size and toy bats less than 24 inches long and weighing less than 24 ounces.
•Billiard cues, ski poles, hockey and lacrosse sticks, and two golf clubs as part of carry-on baggage.
It's the first big restriction rollback for carry-on items since the September 11th attacks and takes effect April 25th.
TSA says this will speed up security screening and make our rules consistent with international guidelines, but many flight attendants and passengers we spoke with say it's a bad move.
Brenda Durand said "I wouldn't get on the plane. I think it's wrong."
Henry Le agreed. He said "We should keep it way it is. Sometimes it's annoying going through, but we don't need no knives on airplanes."
Razor blades and box cutters, used by the September 11th hijackers are still off limits.
Stacy Martin, President of Southwest Airlines' flight-attendants union called the change "outrageous."
She went on to say, "While we agree that a passenger wielding a small knife or swinging a golf club or hockey stick poses less of a threat to the pilot locked in the cockpit, these are real threats to passengers and flight attendants in the passenger cabin."
Some see no harm in allowing small knives in carry-ons.
"Something that small can't do a lot of damage" said visitor Matt Brown. "But any changes is not going to be accepted at first."
Brian Kimata, Owner of Brian's Fishing Supply, also supports the move.
"I think this is quite reasonable" said Kimata. "Honestly a pen or pencil can do as much damage as something this small."
Although his knife looked like it would be allowed, we tested it and it did not make the cut.
Still, he thinks it's a step in the right direction for air travel.
Kimata added, "Maybe they'll make changes with water, take water bottles on the plane, something more reasonable like that."
Responses on our facebook page were overwhelmingly against.
One said simply 'bad decision.'
Another said "but my 8 ounce bottle of water is a threat?
TSA says the change will speed up security lines by focusing on "higher threat items such as explosives."
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