Viewers voice: new TSA guidelines allowing knives on board
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Changes are on the way to what you can carry on a plane.
The Transportation Security Administration will soon allow small knives through security.
There are some restrictions. The blade on the knife must be less than 2.3 inches long and a half inch wide. It also cannot have a molded grip or a lock on it.
A TSA spokeswoman says, "This is part of an overall risk based security approach which allows transportation security officers to better focus their efforts on finding higher threat items such as explosives."
Many in Southwest Florida are surprised by the change in policy.
"I can't carry any kind of a liquid or toothpaste bigger than three ounces but somebody can carry on a knife? This is totally ridiculous," said Denise from Estero.
Jack from Golden Gate called our station not agreeing with the TSA's decision.
"Aren't these knives just as dangerous as the box cutters the 9/11 hijackers used?", asked Jack.
Gary posted on our Facebook page, "That is insane and now makes me nervous!"
But knives on board aren't bothering everybody. One traveler says he doesn't mind.
"Swiss army knives are kind of handy and I don't think anybody is going to do much damage to me with a swiss army knife," said Gary Mizer of Fort Myers.
Bill from Fort Myers is happy about the change.
"I think they need to focus more on the person who's carrying the knife than the knife itself. I carry a knife wherever I go so I should be able to carry it on a plane."
Wallace posted on Facebook, "If a knife is something needed on the trip it should be packed in the checked luggage."
The changes are expected to take place April 25th.