(WTNY) -- New York Senator Chuck Schumer is joining the growing list of those opposed to new rules allowing small knives to be carried onto airplanes.
Schumer says allowing knives and other items, such as hockey sticks and billiard cues, poses a safety threat. The TSA recently announced plans to allow many items that had been banned since soon after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Schumer says TSA officials will be distracted having to measure knives and other items as people travel through security checkpoints.
On Sunday the Senator said, "These items are dangerous, and have not become less so in the years since they were banned from planes. Now is not the time for reduced vigilance, or to place additional burdens on TSA agents who should be looking for dangerous items."