Putting a Finer Point On Airport Security

The TSA re-evaluates its list of items banned on flights

Things have changed a lot since the tense-air-travel days following 9/11. Not only are cockpit doors locked, but many pilots carry guns, and a cadre of armed air marshals, state troopers and agents from 80 federal agencies routinely hop on random flights. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) thinks it's high time its security measures reflected those changes. So, as the agency confirmed last week, it is re-evaluating its list of prohibited items, a move supported by veteran security experts. Among the things that may get cleared for takeoff by late January: knitting needles and knives with blades less than 2 in. long....

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