TSA Stands Firm On Soon-To-Be Relaxed Carry-On Policy
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Despite a growling backlash, the Transportation Safety Administration says it's standing by its plan to allow passengers to carry small knives onto planes.
The head of the agency says the new rules will go into effect as planned April 25.
John Pistole told lawmakers hardened cockpit doors and other preventative measures make it unlikely small folding knives could be used by terrorists to take over a plane.
The policy has sparked strong opposition from several airlines, along with flight attendants, federal air marshals and some pilot unions.
The TSA says its focus needs to be on larger items at security, and searching for small items like pocket knives distracts agents who could be looking for explosives.