The Washington Times - March 11, 2013, 08:06AM

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, has joined the chorus of voices calling on the Transportation Security Administration to rescind its new policy to allow passengers to carry small knives, golf clubs and hockey sticks onto planes.

“While it’s true that pilots are safe, locked behind cockpit doors, these dangerous items still pose a significant hazard to the flight crew, other passengers, and even the integrity of the plane,” Mr. Schumer said Sunday, according to the AP


Razor blades and box cutters are still banned, but knives that fold up, are less than 1/2-inch wide and are 2.36 inches long or less are allowed under the plan.

A TSA spokesman said the policy change was based on a recommendation from an internal TSA working group and found the items presented no real danger, and that gun-carrying pilots, federal air marshals and airline crew members trained in self-defense provide security against the items, the AP reported.