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Security changes coming at the airport on April 25

By Paul Drewes
Published On: Mar 05 2013 09:51:00 PM HST

Starting April 25th, small pocket knives will no longer be taken away from travelers. Some sports equipment, including hockey sticks and billiard cues will also be allowed in carry-on bags.

HONOLULU -

The Transportation Security Administration will soon allow more items to be carried onto planes including bats, corkscrews and even some knives.

From lighters, to liquids and a long list of other items, many flyers have gotten used to packing their bags without prohibited items.

That will change on April 25, when small pocket knives will no longer be taken away from travelers.

Some sports equipment, including hockey sticks and billiard cues will also be allowed in carry-on bags.

After confiscating any potential weapon for years, TSA is making the change so screeners can focus their efforts on finding higher threat items such as explosives.

Knives on planes was an explosive issue for some travelers at the Honolulu International Airport Tuesday night.  After hearing of the changes, passengers worried about the safety of future flights.

"The knives are scary. It's very much dangerous and a concern to me," said former Hawaii resident Ann Kwak.

"We know in the past something as simple as a box knife has caused major problems. I don't think allowing small knives or corkscrews is safe for passengers," added Oahu resident Cynthia Reed.

Under the TSA regulations, only knives with blades less than 2.36 inches long and 0.5 inch wide would be allowed, among other restrictions.

Some TSA screeners who talked with KITV said fewer banned items could mean security checkpoints may move a little faster in the future.

That is worth the additional risk according to some travelers.

"It's a small pocketknife. I don't think it will be that dangerous. I think it will be alright, anything to speed this up would be better," said Illinois resident Jim Tate.

To some flyers though, the latest TSA security change cuts too close for comfort.

"What do you need a pocketknife on an airplane? Put it in your luggage when you check in.  You never know who is carrying the pocketknife.  It might be someone going on a fishing trip or who knows, but I think its way safer the way they have it now," said New Jersey resident Kalen Foley.

Along with the small knives that will clear TSA checkpoints, passengers will be able to bring a pair of golf clubs and even baseball bats shorter than 24 inches that weigh less than 24 ounces.

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