Idaho passengers respond to TSA's new airport security rules
Jennifer Auh talks to Boise Airport passengers about TSA's new rules on knives in the airport. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
You still can't take more than three ounces of shampoo with you on a plane. However, in less than a month, you may be able to pass through airport security a bit faster, as the TSA relaxes other rules.
What you may soon be able to carry-on is creating quite the buzz at the Boise Airport. All of the passengers from Idaho that we talked to, told us they like the changes. However, some from out-of-state said they have a big problem, with one change in particular.
The TSA Administrator recently announced their officers will soon allow travelers to carry previously banned items, such a pocket knives, less than 2.36 inches long and half an inch wide.
Penny Jones from Bruneau said she's looking forward to the change, calling small knives a staple to Idaho’s outdoors lifestyle. "My husband always has one, so when we go anywhere he ends up leaving it. To me, it’s important to take them with you, and not to hold up a bunch of people trying to get on a plane over a small pocket knife," she said.
Golf clubs, souvenir baseball bats and other sporting goods will soon pass through security as well. "As a lacrosse player in college, it was inconvenient that we couldn't take the sticks on the plane, so it’s a little bit more convenient now," said Jessica Vandoren.
However, some out-of-state travelers are worried that the changes could be dangerous. "We take off our shoes. We go through these security changes. We got the body scanners. It just seems silly to allow something that most people would think could do harm," said John Voulgaris, from Denver, CO.
The TSA will still prohibit box cutters, which the hijackers used in the 9/11 attack, but some say a pocket knife can be just as dangerous. "I think that 9/11 could happen again. Isn't that what the terrorist had?” asked Cassie Beezley, from Portland, OR.
However, TSA leaders said the changes will allow them to quote, "focus their efforts on finding higher threat items."
The changes will are set to take effect on April 25th. The TSA website will be updated with the new rules on April 24th.