LI families of 9/11 victims outraged over new airport security plan

Families of 9/11 victims from Long Island are up in arms about a plan that calls for allowing passengers to bring scissors and sharp tools aboard airplanes.

The Transportation Security Administration says it wants screeners to spend more time looking for explosives rather than less dangerous sharp objects. Russell Siller, of Rockville Centre, lost his younger brother Stephen on September 11th. Siller says the plan is ridiculous, adding that if the hijackers could pull off what they did with box cutters who knows what could happen now. Other residents say why reduce the standard now just to have to put it back in place when something happens again.

Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, says people who are trying to test vulnerability will bring those weapons on board. He feels more should be done rather than less.

The new regulations go into effect December 22. Items allowed on board include scissors with blades of four inches or less, and tools such as screwdrivers, wrenches and pliers that are smaller than seven inches. Box cutters and knives are still forbidden.

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