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Tampa International Airport passengers face new carry-on rules

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The U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced new rules regarding pocket knives on board airplanes. Starting April passengers can carry on knives with folding blades no longer than about two and one third inches and blades no wider than half an inch.

TSA still bans knives with molded handles and knives that lock in place.

This measure will bring the carry-on standards closer to the international ones in place. It will also free up the screeners to focus more on real threats, like non-metallic explosive devices, TSA officials said.

Groups representing flight attendants expressed concern on the matter saying that it puts flight attendants at risk.

A passenger at Tampa International Airport said it was not a big deal.

"They are doing good job for everybody," he said.

Another said that even a small knife can be used as a weapon.

"I don't understand why they would go ahead and permit that," she said about the new rule.

Box cutters and razor blades are still off limits. But  a hockey or lacrosse stick, a pool cue, ski poles, and up to two golf clubs are ok to carry on board.

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