TSA Changes Screening Policy - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/22/05

TSA Changes Screening Policy

Starting Thursday, you can keep your small scissors and screwdrivers in your carry-on bags. Airport screeners aren't going to take those anymore.

However, they may pull you aside for a random search and pat down. The TSA says screeners are concentrating on finding explosives.

"Allowing the screeners, security officers, to focus their attention on other things that could be a greater threat is the reason for the change now," Norman Michael of the Transportation Security Administration said.

Here is a breakdown of the changes. Banned items include: box cutters, hammers, most knives, lighters, razors, scissors with blades longer than four inches, or pointed metal tips, ammunition, fire arms, and ski poles.

Items permitted on board include: cuticle cutters, eyelash curlers, knitting and crochet needles, nail clippers and files, disposable razors, tweezers, and tools seven-inches long or less.

One more tip to pass along, don't wrap your gifts until you arrive at your destination. Otherwise screeners are likely to unwrap them during their search.

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