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TSA drops plan to allow small knives on planes
WASHINGTON — The head of the Transportation Security Administration says he’s dropping a proposal that would have let airline passengers carry small knives, souvenir bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment onto planes.
The proposal had drawn fierce opposition from lawmakers, airlines and others who said it would place passengers and crews at risk.
John Pistole tells The Associated Press that dropping the proposal allows his agency to focus on other programs.
When Pistole released the proposal in March, he said the knives couldn’t enable terrorists to cause a plane to crash.
TSA screeners confiscate over 2,000 of the small folding knives a day from passengers.
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