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TSA Working to Improve Poor Reputation

House lawmakers are giving an earful to the chief of the Transportation Security Administration, just in time for the summer travel season.

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At a hearing Thursday, lawmakers complained about some carry-on items barred from planes — and one even wondered about letting passengers carry weapons onboard to fight any terrorists. But the TSA official said that was a non-starter.

Alabama Republican Rep. Mike D. Rogers and others complained to TSA Administrator John Pistole that the agency still prohibits passengers from carrying water bottles, razors or pocket knives this far past the 9/11 attacks.

Pistole said he recognizes passenger frustrations and that the agency is working on changes to make things easier, including letting children under 12 and adults 75 or older keep their shoes on during security checks.

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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