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Flight Attendants Call for Swift Passage of Bill to Ban Knives on Planes

Date: September 12, 2017
Type: AFA Article

Yesterday marked the 16 year remembrance of the September 11th terrorist attacks, in which knives led to the deaths of thousands of Americans.  Today, our nation’s Flight Attendants urged swift passage of bipartisan legislation introduced to permanently prohibit passengers from carrying knives into the secure areas of airports and onto the aircraft.

"As we honor the lives lost 16 years ago today, it is shocking that there is no law preventing knives aboard commercial aircraft,” said Sara Nelson, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA).  “Flight Attendants are on the front lines of protecting airline passengers, and this bill is vital to securing our aircraft cabins as we remain ever vigilant in preventing another tragedy from occurring.”

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) proposed four years ago, but never implemented, a policy change that would have allowed passengers to carry certain small knives onto planes.  The bicameral legislation introduced today – by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Representatives David Joyce (R-OH) and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) – would ban TSA from changing the list of items prohibited from being brought onto planes to permit passengers to carry small, non-locking knives.  AFA has led the fight to prohibit knives from being allowed on planes, in carry-on bags, and past security checkpoints in airports.

"Never Forget is not just a thought; it is a promise of action," said Nelson. “Sixteen years is far too long to wait for passage of common sense legislation to keep knives out of the aircraft cabin. Four flights, our friends, our family, our nation's security – all taken in a moment by those with evil in their hearts and small knives in their hands. Never again.  We thank Senator Markey and Congressmen Joyce and Lipinski for taking action to keep knives out of the aircraft cabin for good.”

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