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Flight attendants turn to passengers to petition TSA’s small knives decision

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Airline passengers are now being asked to join the battle to overturn a questionable decision allowing knives aboard aircraft.

To the dismay of many, the Transportation Security Administration announced last month that it will allow passengers to carry small knives, because it believes they “cannot be used to hijack planes because of strengthened cockpit doors and more passenger awareness.”

“A small pocket knife is simply not going to result in the catastrophic failure of an aircraft and an improvised explosive device will,” said TSA Administrator John Pistole.

Criticism came pouring in from aviation professionals, including the Flight Attendants Union Coalition, who announced a campaign to overturn the new TSA policy, to include a White House petition.

Taking that decision one step further, flight attendants are now asking airline passengers to sign the petition to reverse its decision to allow small knives on planes.

The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions, which represents some 90,000 flight attendants, is handing out leaflets at airports across the country, encouraging passengers to go to the White House website and affix their name to the petition, CNS News reports.

In addition the TSA decision prompted a rare bipartisan effort by 133 members of Congress to send a letter to Pistole, asking him to withdrawal the policy.

As of Tuesday morning, the petition had 42,926 signatures and needs 100,000 signatures by April 5 to generate a White House response, as noted by CNS News, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself being approached should you be traveling in the next day or two.

Tom Tillison

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