WASHINTGON D.C. -- John Pistole, the director of the Transportation Security Administration, testified before Congress today on his decision to allow small knives on planes. The new policy is set to go into effect on April 25.
Every year, about 750,000 items are surrendered at airport checkpoints. Illegal items such as guns and grenades are given to local law enforcement, but prohibited items like knives and large tools are given to the state's.
Pennsylvania for instance has brought in nearly $900,000 over the past 9 years selling confiscated items. The TSA isn't allowed to profit off of the abandoned property.