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Report: TSA dropping proposal to allow small knives

Published On: Jun 05 2013 02:48:36 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 05 2013 04:08:42 PM EDT
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Transportation Safety Administration

The head of the Transportation Security Administration told The Associated Press that he's dropping a proposal to let airline passengers carry small knives, bats and other sports equipment onto planes.

Some security experts say security improvements since the attacks -- most notably reinforced cockpit doors, better intelligence and motivated passengers-- have made the strict prohibition of small pen-knives unnecessary.

But the proposal had drawn fierce opposition from lawmakers, airlines and others who said it would place passengers and crews at risk.