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TSA delays change allowing knives on planes

Opponents of the policy change attributed its reversal to ‘a huge backlash’ from flight attendants, airline executives and lawmakers.

It looks as if you won’t get to bring that pocket knife on your next flight after all.

The Transportation Security Administration has delayed a policy change that would have allowed passengers to carry small folding knives onto planes.

In a letter Monday to employees, TSA chief John Pistole said he decided to maintain, at least temporarily, a post-9/11 ban on knives after meeting with an aviation security panel. The policy change allowing knives had been scheduled to take effect Thursday.

Congressman Ed Markey (D-Mass), who has spoken out against allowing knives on planes, called the delay “a victory for the passengers, pilots, flight attendants and law enforcement officers who would have immediately been at risk of a knife attack.”