COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The TSA announced it would allow passengers to carry certain knives on planes beginning April 25.
For the first time since the security crackdown following Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the TSA will let passengers carry small pocket knives on board commercial flights.
TSA outlined specific criteria for the approved knives. The knife's blade must be smaller than 2.36 inches and less than half an inch in width. Also, the knife cannot have a locking blade or a molded grip.
TSA officials hope easing the rules will allow officers to focus their efforts on finding dangerous items like explosives.
The move raised eyebrows among travelers.
"I had no idea that they were going to do this, it was a surprise this morning when I heard that on the radio, especially on our way to the airport," said traveler John Graybill.
The announcement puzzled airline passenger Christine Beebe.
"It seems unusual that they're letting people bring knives on board considering that they're not allowing us to bring on more than an ounce of liquid. I would think that the knives would be more dangerous than the liquids," said Beebe.
Traveler Robert Russell was frustrated during a past trip through security when he got a small corkscrew with a 1-inch blade confiscated. He approved of TSA's decision.
"I see nothing wrong with it. There are other things that are even on the plane that, a pen, multiple things that could do more damage than that," said Russell.
Glenn Scheffield disproved of the new items off the No Fly List in light of the 9/11 attacks.
"I don't think anybody really needs to have a Swiss army knife on the airplane, and you know some of the terrorists in the past have threatened with just box-cutters, so I think that if they can do it with box-cutters, they can do it with Swiss army knives," said Scheffield.
The TSA will allow toy baseball bats and some sports equipment as well. Next month it will allow ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks, billiard cues and two golf clubs per passenger on board. Toy baseball bats must be smaller than 24 inches.
Razor blades and box-cutters will still be prohibited.
Beebe said, in the end, changes to TSA rules have little impact on her travel.
"I am one of those packers who makes sure there is absolutely nothing that will stop me when I go through TSA," said Beebe.
A TSA blog provides specific examples of knives allowed on planes here: