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Passengers weigh in on TSA's eased travel restrictions

Local travelers have a mixed response when it comes to new rules from the TSA allowing you to bring certain types of knives onto an airplane.

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Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- A typical trip to the airport usually ends with Matt Sullivan giving up another pocket knife when he passes through security. However, that problem will end next month as the TSA begins allowing some small knives in the cabin during a flight.

"I don't see that as a big deal to have that on a plane. No machetes. Nobody needs one of those. But, to me it is a tool. I carry it in my pocket. Then I forget it. Then, I throw away $10...it is the problem for me,” Sullivan told NewsChannel 9.

The blades must be less than 2.36-inches long and no more than 1/2 an inch wide. Acceptable knives cannot have locking or fixed blades and molded grips are also not allowed.

See examples of items that will be accepted or prohibited under the new guidelines.

The idea may be convenient for leisure travelers like Matt, but many of the flight attendants who serve him believe they'll have bigger problems.

"Having knives on board is a horrible decision and we're incredibly disappointed in the TSA for allowing weapons onboard an aircraft,” said Veda Shook, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants.

The changes go beyond knives to include sporting equipment like Novelty bats weighing less than 24 ounces. Lacrosse, pool, and hockey sticks, two golf clubs, and ski poles will also become fair game in the cabin as more people try to avoid the rising expense of checking extra luggage.

"I couldn't believe that they were going to allow hockey sticks, because how do you fit those into one of the compartments? They are already allowing a lot more extra baggage on board as carry-on. Where are people going to be putting all their carry-on?" asked traveler Jim Plomer.

Confused passengers can verify which items need to be checked through a TSA mobile app.  The new regulations are effective on April 25.

"I just feel we need to be more safe....and these knives and baseball bats and golf clubs...no absolutely not. We need to stay where we are right now,” said another traveler Trish Durney.

What do you think about the new regulations? Weigh in on our Facebook page and/or take our poll located to the left of this story or on our homepage at 9wsyr.com.

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