World News

US Drops Plans to Allow Small Knives on Planes

TEXT SIZE - +
The U.S. transportation security chief is dropping plans to allow airline passengers to carry small knives on commercial flights.

John Pistole said Wednesday he is reversing his earlier decision to permit knives after meeting with safety experts, law enforcement officials, and airline industry representatives.

The loosened rules would have let passengers bring small knives on planes along with sports equipment such as baseball bats, hockey sticks, and golf clubs.

Pistole said the time that it takes officers to search passengers and bags for small knives could be better used to look for more lethal weapons, such as explosives.

But the flight attendants' union and other industry officials objected. They noted that the September 11 terrorists used small weapons to hijack four planes.

Feature Story

FILE - President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland en route to Southeast Asia, November 17, 2012.

Video Obama to Reassure Asian Allies

China is not on the itinerary, but with its efforts to control parts of the East and South China Sea, Beijing is on the minds of Obama and the allies he is visiting More