WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions and industry stakeholders will hold a press conference Monday, May 20, 2013 at Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to continue engaging the traveling public in efforts to keep the passenger cabin free of knives that have been used as weapons. According to a recent Washington Post article “now the chatter is that the TSA may decide to put the new rules into effect over the Memorial Day weekend.”
The TSA’s delayed policy to allow knives into the passenger cabin has been opposed by Flight Attendants, gate agents, TSA officers, air marshals, law enforcement officers, FBI agents, pilots, passengers, 9/11 families and airlines. Nine organizations representing 400,000 members of these groups filed a legal petition with the TSA in opposition to permitting knives in the cabin, reserving their right to take legal action against implementation. Airlines for America (A4A), representing airlines such as United, US Airways, Delta, Alaska and American, joined the legal petition on May 16, 2013 and states “… the new policy should be rescinded immediately.”
“A TSA-approved knife could be used to stab or kill a passenger, crew member, federal air marshal, gate agent or TSA security officer by a terrorist, mentally ill person or drug- or alcohol-impaired passenger,” said the Coalition. “It would be irresponsible to relax the TSA’s existing policy on knives when virtually every organization representing those directly affected by the change adamantly opposes it on safety and security grounds.”
Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the Committee on Homeland Security, has joined Flight Attendants in pushing for passage of The No Knives Act of 2013 to legislate a permanent ban on knives in the passenger cabin. Flight Attendants are issuing a public plea to Capitol Hill, including to Texas Congressman Michael McCaul, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, to support the legislation and keep the traveling public safe.
Flight Attendants have opposed the ill-advised plan from the start and remain resolute: No Knives on Planes Ever Again.