Washington – TSA Will Permit Knives on Planes, Flight Attendants Union Blasts Decision

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TSA (Transportation Security Administration) officials operate an x-ray machine at a security checkpoint at Washington Dulles International Airport, in Sterling, Virginia. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDSWashington – The Flight Attendants Union Coalition, representing nearly 90,000 Flight Attendants at carriers nationwide, issued the following statement blasting today’s announcement by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to allow knives and other dangerous objects into the aircraft cabin, relaxing an over decade long ban.

“Today’s announcement to permit knives back into the aircraft cabin is a poor and shortsighted decision by the TSA. Continued prohibition of these items is an integral layer in making our aviation system secure and must remain in place.

“As the last line of defense in the cabin and key aviation partners, we believe that these proposed changes will further endanger the lives of all Flight Attendants and the passengers we work so hard to keep safe and secure.

“Flight Attendants are the front line safety and security professionals onboard every commercial passenger aircraft in this country and must be given the tools and training to protect ourselves, our passengers and the aircraft. Despite repeated requests for updated training to include basic self-defense maneuvers to allow us to defend ourselves, Flight Attendants still do not receive mandatory training about how to effectively recognize and defend others against attacks aboard the aircraft.”

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14 COMMENTS

  1. I’ll start traveling in a water bubble. If ch”v I get attacked with a knife the water bubble will explode on attacker thereby enabling me to apprehend him.

  2. What about the size of the knife, does any size qualify or are we going to have longer lines due to precise measuring of knives, before boarding.

    Why are they more concerned as to allow people to carry on knives, yet less concerned that the knives could end up in someones neck, like a stewardess or pilot in an hijacking attempt, G-d forbid!

    • By your logic, we must ban knives everywhere. Knives have been used in more crimes in inner-city streets and random muggings than have ever been used in attacks on airplanes.

  3. The really remarkable thing about the DHS is that we will never be free of them. No government program ever goes away. (Why do the Republicans want to get rid of the EPA, which does an important job) and keep DHS?

  4. Regarding the creation of the TSA, it appears that the terrorists have indirectly won. There are ex-cons, and thieves who have been employed by the TSA. To date, they have not caught one terrorist. Standards regarding security not only vary from airport to airport, but within the same airport, it appears that there are varying standards, at different gates. It has become so bad, that I have not flown by commercial airlines in almost four years. Nor do I miss it!

  5. It is stupid to not allow small knifes. I bring my own food on the airlines and a small pocket knife helps me. Large knifes have no place on flights and should be banned like guns are.

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