More groups urge TSA to reverse plan to allow knives on planes
More than 12,000 people have signed an online petition urging President Obama to keep knives off planes.
Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — A move by federal officials to allow passengers to board planes carrying pocket knives has sparked a backlash by airline workers and is sowing confusion among travelers.
The union representing air marshals has joined flight attendants, pilots and airline insurance firms in calling on the Transportation Security Administration to reconsider its decision to relax a list of prohibited carry-on items. More than 12,000 people have signed an online petition urging President Obama to keep knives off planes.
Even airline management has entered the fray. Richard Anderson, chief executive of Delta Air Lines, sent a letter to the agency Friday saying he, too, opposes the policy change.
This week, the TSA said it would allow air travelers to board U.S. aircraft with small folding knives, golf clubs, novelty bats, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and pool cues.
Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, which represents air marshals, and representatives for flight attendants and pilots unions said they would ask TSA officials to meet to reconsider the knife-policy change.