Source Pravda.Ru

Air travelers in for changes over holidays

US Airline passengers soon will be allowed again to take small scissors and screwdrivers aboard planes for the first time since the &to=http://english.pravda.ru/society/2002/01/26/26019.html' target=_blank>September 11 terrorist attacks four years ago.

Transportation Security Administration chief Kip Hawley announced the new policy in Washington, Friday.

"The items we are mentioning here today are not a risk for our transportation system." he said. He says it is part of a broader effort aimed at having screeners spend more of their time searching for explosives rather than small, sharp objects.

Among the items no longer prohibited from airliner cabins: scissors with blades of 4 inches or less, and tools such as screwdrivers, wrenches and pliers that are smaller than 7 inches.

Box-cutters and small knives will remain on the list of banned items. Under the new plan, more passengers will likely be subjected to secondary screening and "pat-downs", which will include the arms and legs as well as the torso.

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