Passenger Screening

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

No more feeling like a criminal for showing up at the airport with a small screwdriver or a pair of scissors in your carry-on bag.

Starting today, those items are no longer banned from airliners, as part of an easing of the rules for screening passengers before letting them board a plane.

TSA administrator Kip Hawley (HAH'-lee) says small scissors and tools don't pose much of a threat to the public.

He says explosives are a bigger threat and the change will allow screeners to focus more time and attention on keeping bombs off airplanes.

However, Congressman Edward Markey and Joe Crowley are critical
of the change, saying it's now easier for terrorists to attack the nation again. Crowley told reporters that a small screwdriver could be turned into a deadly weapon, simply by sharpening the point.

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