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Air marshals, flight attendants ask TSA to reconsider allowing small knives on planes

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Federal air marshals and flight attendants are angry about the Transportation Security Administration's decision to allow small pocketknives back in aircraft cabins.

"It's going to create passenger confusion," said Veda Shook, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants. "It's also going to bring a weapon onboard and we're there to protect passengers each and every day. It doesn't make any sense to allow knives aboard aircraft."

Air travelers will also be allowed to bring billiard cues, ski poles, hockey and lacrosse sticks and golf clubs into aircraft cabins as carry-on baggage.

TSA says it is all about risk assessment. Every month at the 20 largest airports four tons of knives are confiscated.

The head of the TSA told airline officials he wants to concentrate on what really worries him - explosives - especially the liquid explosives which are difficult to detect.

Both the federal air marshals and flight attendants say they will ask the agency to reconsider the policy.