TSA drops plan to allow small knives on planes

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Transportation Security Administration on Wednesday abandoned plans to allow small knives and other implements on passenger flights, surrendering to a deluge of criticism of the proposal.

In a statement, the TSA said it would continue to enforce the "current prohibited items list," which does not permit small knives.

The TSA first announced the plan to allow small knives and sporting equipment in March, saying it would permit airport screeners more time to focus on more dangerous objects like bombs and related components.

The change would also have brought the United States into alignment with rules governing flights in most other countries, he said.