The policy change “is part of an overall risk-based security approach, which allows transportation security officers to better focus their efforts on finding higher-threat items such as explosives,” the TSA said.
APFA safety and security coordinator Kelly Skyles also raised the question of where passengers will put the larger items like golf clubs.
“There’s less space than ever in overhead bins, and on some particular aircraft safely storing these large items will be impossible,” Skyles said in the union’s statement.
“Add to that the cramped confines of an airplane cabin, and you have the potential for passengers getting hit with these items during boarding and deplaning. It’s a recipe for disaster.”
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