Rochester, N.Y. – Starting April 25, small knives and some sporting equipment will be allowed in carry-on luggage.
Knives less than 2.36" long, under a half inch wide, without a fixed blade or grip will be allowed on. Other changes permit passengers to carry on sporting equipment, such as golf clubs (only two at a time), lacrosse sticks, small baseball bats, ski poles, hockey sticks, and pool sticks.
These changes are closely aligned with International Civil Aviation Organization standards, but travelers at the Rochester International Airport have mixed feelings about the changes.
“I don't think that's a good idea,” said Rachelle Coote, as she was getting ready to board a plane to Florida. “Why would you need a small knife when you're carrying on and going on a plane, and same with bats and everything, I don't think that's a good idea.”
“I think there’s probably some benefit to relaxing some of the rules,” said Luisa Fenner, a Canadian who was passing through Rochester with her family, “I’m frankly not sure about knifes and bats.”
These changes will allow TSA officers to better focus better on finding higher threat items such as explosives, according to the Administration.
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