Flight attendants petition to ban small knives on planes

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WASHINGTON -The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA has taken its opposition to letting airplane passengers carry small knives on board aircraft one step further, with a public petition to the White House demanding it overrule that Transportation Security Administration edict.

In a message on CWA's website, the union wants 100,000 signatures by April 5 on their demand that the Obama administration reverse TSA chief John Pistole's order.

And this time, unlike when AFA-CWA and other flight attendant unions first protested, the union specifically reminded the White House that the knife ban was instituted after the Sept. 11, 2001 al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

"While pilots are now behind locked doors, knives can still be used to attack passengers and flight attendants. We can't afford the risk," the petition reads in part. Members of "the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA know this all too well. They are the first responders and the last line of defense on airplanes."

The flight attendant unions picked up support for the knife ban from the Steelworkers. "The decision to allow knives on planes flies in the face of logic and puts our dedicated flight attendants, as well as countless innocent passengers, needlessly in harm's way. There is no good reason to do this and a million reasons not to do it," said Steelworkers President Leo Gerard.

Photo: A confiscated knife lies on display, in Newark, N.J. A TSA screener at Newark-Liberty International Airport spotted the knife concealed in a carry-on bag, Oct. 30, 2011. Port Authority police confiscated the knife. Transportation Security Administration/AP

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  • It is absolutely ridiculous to allow knives with even 2" blades on airplanes. How could these be NECESSARY for use during the flight? To clean fingernails? If people feel compelled to carry weapons, these need to be stored in checked baggage. I don't want somebody who's a little high when boarding the plane, then has a couple of drinks in flight, to decide he needs to "do something big" by using his little toad-stabber on the flight attendant or on me. In the wrong hands, a small knife can take out an eye or sever a jugular vein.

    Posted by Marilyn Blanck, 04/01/2013 8:55pm (2 years ago)

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