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TSA delays plan to allow knives on planes

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The TSA has delayed a policy change for what passengers can carry onboard.

On Thursday, passengers were supposed to be allowed to carry small folding knives and sporting equipment, such as a baseball bat, onboard.  

The head of the TSA argues that his officers should be spending more time finding explosives than confiscating sharp objects.

But frequent business traveler Steve Triplett said that sharp objects led to all the increased security we have at airports today.

"Since the 9/11 attackers did use, I think it was box cutters at the time, so I feel like it would be better for us just to continue with the policy that we have today," Triplett said.

The list of banned items is the first thing passengers see when they get to the security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Currently, all knives are prohibited. Dominique Yarbrough wants to keep it that way.

"The security checkpoints and everything you go through to get on a plane - I would think would make you safer being on a plane. Now allowing small knives or anything would, you know, it would take away from the safety," said Yarbrough.

With more than a quarter of a million passengers flying in and out of the world's airport, passengers want to ensure that they're safe when traveling in and out of Atlanta.

Brenda Kennedy thinks this is the wrong time to be considering changes to airport security.

"Especially, with all of the terrorist activity that's going on lately, I would say that this is not a time to be discussing allowing any type of a weapon on an airplane at all," Kennedy said.

The TSA hasn't set a timeline for implementing the new knife policy, saying only that it will seek further input from the Aviation Security Advisory Committee, which includes representatives from the aviation industry, passengers and law enforcement.

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