JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Major changes being made in airport security as the Transportation Security Administration announced Tuesday that small pocketknives will be allowed in passenger planes for the first time since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Starting April 25, the agency will allow retractable blades shorter than 2.36 inches and narrower than 1/2 an inch, as well as golf clubs, billiard cues and hockey sticks.
In a portion of a written statement, TSA said the change, "is part of an overall Risk-Based Security approach, which allows Transportation Security Officers to better focus their efforts on finding higher threat items such as explosives."
David Beamer's son, Todd Beamer, was killed on the hijacked United Flight 93, the San Francisco-bound flight that took off from Newark, NJ and crashed in Pennsylvania.
"Who's benefiting from it?" said David Beamer. "It's mindless."
It is believed that those on board United Flight 93 tried to recover the plane, with Todd Beamer leading the charge. His final words, "Let's roll" now represent the do-or-die situation these passengers were facing.
So the changes to TSA's security policy do not sit well with David.
"I'm happy for them to take whatever it takes -- a minute, two minutes, five minutes -- for me to get through the line because somebody has to be patted down and a knife taken away from them. Go ahead and do it."
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