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TSA Drops Proposal To Allow Small Knives On Planes

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The Transportation Security Administration has decided not to allow knives back onto airplanes.

The TSA announced in March that it would allow small knives in plane cabins for the first time since the September 11th attacks, expecting it to speed up airport security screenings.

The plan was delayed following backlash from lawmakers, airline workers' associations, and families of victims of the September 11th attacks.

Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm said he wants to make sure the issue stays decided.

"I have an amendment today that I'm still going forward with just in case they decide to change their mind in the future," Grimm said. "We need to take this off the table. Knives on planes, non-starter, bad idea. In the world we live in now, the bottom line is, security comes first, safety comes first. That's what this was about from the beginning. It wasn't about politics. This was about strong, prudent safety issues and policy that makes sense for keeping everyone safe."

Items including bats, golf clubs and hockey sticks will also stay on the list of prohibited items.

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