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Leave All Blades Behind Takes Step Towards Law

Date: March 17, 2006

Washington, DC - The Congressional Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection and Cybersecurity yesterday accepted Rep. Edward Markey's (D-MA) Leave All Blades Behind amendment, bringing it one step closer to reaching the House floor.  The amendment was attached to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reform bill that will now go before the Committee on Homeland Security for approval.

The amendment, backed by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), would reverse last year's decision by TSA to allow scissors and other dangerous objects back into the aircraft cabin. Over 45 AFA-CWA members were on Capitol Hill this week urging Congressional support of the legislation.

"We are thrilled by this bi-partisan effort to support a safe environment in our cabins and we are extremely grateful to every Subcommittee member for helping to move aviation security in the right direction once again," said Patricia Friend, AFA-CWA International President.  "Our Leave All Blades Behind campaign has received the support of thousands of passengers from across the country who are outraged by TSA's decision and want to see scissors, screwdrivers and other potentially deadly weapons removed once and for all from the aircraft cabin."

On December 22, the TSA lifted the ban on certain items such as scissors and large screwdrivers and allowed them to be brought onboard aircraft. AFA-CWA immediately launched the public Leave All Blades Behind campaign against TSA's decision and created an online petition.  Earlier in December, AFA-CWA International President Patricia Friend testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on the dangers of removing items from the prohibited items list.

AFA-CWA held a Day of Action at over 20 airports across the county to inform the public about the recent TSA regulation and to encourage travelers to sign onto a petition to reverse the decision.  The January 30 Leave All Blades Behind event was well received by both the public and the media.  Thousands of concerned passengers have signed the petition at AFA-CWA's website www.leaveallbladesbehind.com.

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