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Flight Attendants Union Coalition blasts decision to allow knives

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Some flight attendants are not happy about the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to change its carry-on policy.

Monday, it announced small knives and some sports equipment would soon be allowed in carry-on luggage.

Over the last 12 years, millions of knives have been confiscated at airport checkpoints.

The Flight Attendants Union Coalition, which represents nearly 90,000 flight attendants, including ones from United and American Airlines, disagrees with the TSA's decision to relax the ban on small knives.

In a written statement, they call it "a poor and shortsighted decision by the TSA."

CBS Atlanta News talked to American Airlines flight attendant Leslie Mayo via FaceTime. Mayo is part of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants Union (APFA).

Mayo said even small knives present a real threat.

"It makes no sense considering the hijackers from 9/11 took down four airplanes with box cutters and small knives," Mayo said.

Mayo said allowing the small knives will likely create even longer security lines as TSA agents start measuring knives and determining whether they lock.

Mayo's biggest concern is the threat to overall security.

"It just seems this is a pattern we follow constantly where we're vigilant then we let our guard down. That's when things happen," Mayo said.

However, Dominick Giallombardo, a passenger at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, said the changes can't come soon enough.

"Myself traveling, I had to get rid of my knife before flying out here. And it would have been nice to not have to go through the hassle. It's nice to hear things are loosening up within reason,"  Giallombardo said.

Passenger Cinthya Cabrales sees things the same way as the flight attendants and pilots unions. Cabreles wants all knives to remain banned from planes.

"I don't think it's a great idea, honestly. It's putting everybody at danger. You never know who's handling what and people's mental processes," Cabrales said.

Passengers will also be able to bring on two golf clubs each. Mayo said clubs could be used as weapon, and she wonders where they would store them all.

The changes go into effect April 25.

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