TSA: NO KNIVES ON PLANES
Members of Congress Sign Letter to Administrator Pistole
WASHINGTON, DC – The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions, representing
nearly 90,000 flight attendants, applauded the efforts of Congress to keep
knives out of the aircraft cabin for good. Representatives Ed Markey (D-MA) and
Michael Grimm (R-NY) led the effort by authoring the letter to the
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and generating bipartisan support.
In all, 145 members of Congress signed on to the letter, stating that the TSA’s
proposed rule change to allow knives in the passenger cabin for the first time
since September 11, 2001 "is dangerous, unnecessary, and irresponsible."
"Members of Congress are so opposed to this plan to put knives on planes, you
could fill a 737 with all of them," stated Congressman Markey. "The TSA was
right to delay this decision, and now they should deny any knife from ever being
brought into a passenger cabin of a plane. I want to thank the flight
attendants, the pilots, the air marshals, the TSA screeners, and the airlines
who all stood up and said 'no' to this terrible idea."
have heard from a host of stakeholders on this issue, and the consensus is
simple: no knives on planes," stated Congressman Grimm. "We are all in agreement
that it is not only irresponsible but dangerous to change this policy. The
reality is that we live in a post-9/11 world, and we can never be too careful
when it comes to protecting the safety of our flight crew and passengers.
Keeping knives off our planes is a smart decision and one that should be
March 5, 2013, TSA Administrator John Pistole announced his intention to remove
certain knives from the prohibited items list. Flight attendants immediately
mobilized and soon the coalition to block the rule change included pilots, gate
agents, air marshals, TSA officers, passengers, law enforcement officers,
several airline CEOs and the airline trade association.
Originally set to for implementation on April 25, 2013, Administrator Pistole
delayed the rule change on April 23 in order to "incorporate the input from the
Aviation Security Advisory Committee and continue training requirements
nationwide." Pressure has continued to mount against the decision and is
culminating this week as TSA stops accepting limited comments on the rule
ABOUT THE COALITION:
The Coalition of
Flight Attendant Unions coordinates on issues of mutual interest to flight
attendants. Members of the Coalition are the Association of Flight
Attendants-CWA, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, International
Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, International Brotherhood of
Teamsters and Transport Workers Union.
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