TSA Backpedals On Allowing Knives On Planes


LOS ANGELES, (UPI) — The Transportation Security Administration chief announced a delay in a policy change that would have allowed small folding knives onto U.S. flights this week.

TSA chief John Pistole did not say whether he would reconsider lifting the knife ban at a later date, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

Opponents of allowing knives on planes said Pistole reversed the proposed change after backlash from flight attendants, airline executives, lawmakers and the families of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“So we can incorporate their input and to continue training requirements nationwide, I have decided to temporarily delay implementing the prohibited items changes,” he said Monday in a letter to TSA workers.

Under the rule change that was set to go into effect Thursday, passengers would have been allowed to carry small knives, no longer than 2.36 inches long and less than a half-inch wide, as well as pool cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks, golf clubs and novelty-size bats.

“The United States has banned all knives from commercial flights since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks for good reason: Knives were the terrorists’ weapons of choice in bringing down four jetliners and murdering thousands of Americans,” a coalition of flight attendants said in a statement.

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  • Harold Olsen

    When I first heard about this plan to allow some knives on plane, my first thought was, “Why not?” I still think it’s a good idea. However, the bottom line is, the people who work on the planes. It’s their safety that must come first. If the flight attendants do not feel safe with people being allowed to carry knives then the rules should stay as they are. Having said that, what if flight attendants decide they do not feel safe with passengers carrying on carry-on luggage, which could be used as weapons to knock out flight attendants? Should carry-on luggage then be banned? I know that sounds ridiculous, but, they way things are these, it could happen.