Associated Press: Murkowski pleased with TSA turnaround on knives

JUNEAU, Alaska — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she's glad small knives will not be allowed on commercial passenger airlines.

The administrator of the Transportation Security Administration announced Wednesday that the agency is abandoning its plan to let passengers carry small knives, souvenir bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment onto planes. The plan faced opposition from industry and members of Congress, including Murkowski.

Murkowski, in a release, said allowing small knives on planes would have been step backward on passenger safety.

She said permitting knife blades on planes not only would have been a "logistical nightmare" for security lines but also would have carried the "obvious risk of allowing more weapons onto planes and putting American lives at risk."

Source: By Becky Bohrer