Schumer opposes TSA decision to allow knives on planes

By Brandi Bailey

Schumer opposes TSA decision to allow knives on planes

March 11, 2013 Updated Mar 11, 2013 at 11:01 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) says the Transportation Security Administration's decision to allow small knives and other sharp objects on airplanes should be reconsidered -- or he will instruct Congress to act to have it overturned.

Schumer's asking the TSA to take another look at recently announced changes that allow airline passengers to bring some knives and other sharp objects onto aircraft in their carry on bags.

"You don't have to have a PhD in physics, you don't have to be Albert Einstein to know that these items are dangerous. This is one of the items," Schumer said, holding up a small knife. "As you can tell, it looks dangerous, and it is dangerous. This can kill someone, and it was something just like this that the 9-11 hijackers used to bring their planes into the World Trade Center. And everyone is scratching their head."

New rules allow passengers to carry on small knives, baseball bats, golf clubs other equipment that has the potential to be used as a weapon.

Schumer said if the TSA is reluctant to modify this policy, Congress may have to step in and change the laws. And he feels there is bipartisan support for keeping the original, more stringent rules in place.