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Travelers React to TSA Regulation Changes

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It might be business as usual at the security checkpoint inside Reno-Tahoe International Airport, when TSA's new regulations take effect next month. Some passengers say they worry that allowing small knives on board could be dangerous.

"9/11, they used those little gadgets to get what they wanted," Doreen Jalleo said. "So, why would they think that this is less risky?"

"They shouldn't have the knives because you could still do injury with even a little knife," Gail Nacin said.

"I'm a little bit surprised by the length of knives," Laura McCatty said. "Two-and-a-half inches, I would say, could get to an internal organ. So, I'm very surprised by that."

Many of the regulations have been in place for more than 11 years, since the 9/11 attacks.

For some, the changes have been a long-time coming.

"To me, I think they were over-regulating a lot of things, like toothpaste, that they didn't even need to bother about," Mark McCatty said. "They're policies don't make sense to me."

"I'm pretty impartial to that," Mike Campbell said. "I guess you can't do much damage with a small knife."

While some say loosening up on sporting goods won't change anything, they don't see the point of bringing them through security.

"You can't still put that in your check bag," Laura McCatty said. "There's no reason to put that on an airplane. Let's ease up on the things like water bottles and things that are not harmful."

People we talked to say they think flying in the United States is safe but worry that easing the regulations could increase the possibility of another terrorist attack.

"I don't think that's a good idea because people, right now, are going to have their guard down and something else is going to happen and then we're going to go back to square one," Jalleo said.

"I felt safe then," Mark McCatty said. "I feel safe now."

The changes won't take effect until the end of April. Airline passengers will be allowed to carry small knives, souvenir baseball bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment.

TSA spokesman David Castelveter said armed pilots, federal air marshals and airline crew members trained in self-defense provide additional layers of security to protect against misuse of the items.

The TSA argues the change brings U.S. regulations in line with international safety rules. And it will allow security officers to spend more time, looking for "higher threat items" like explosives.

Written by Paul Nelson
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