APFA Hotline Update – No Knives On Planes 3.11.13
TSA’s decision to allow knives in the cabin is facing a large amount of pushback not only from flight attendants and pilots, but also from US Airways CEO Doug Parker, Delta Airlines CEO Richard Anderson, the Federal Air Marshals and Congress. Edward Markey (D-MA), Congressman from Massachusetts, is holding a press conference at Boston Logan International Airport tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern DST announcing legislation he’s sponsoring to keep knives out of the cabin. Flight Attendants in the Boston area are encouraged to show your support by attending the press event in uniform at Terminal E.
USA Today published a point/counterpoint on knives in the cabin today. USA Today’s Editorial Board took a position in support of the TSA’s decision, and published a letter from APFA President Laura Glading opposing knives in the cabin.
Laura was featured on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. today. You can hear the recorded interview here.
Meanwhile, CNN reports that the TSA is sticking with their decision, at least for now, to allow small knives, hockey sticks and golf clubs in the cabin.
If you haven’t already signed the WhiteHouse.gov petition in support of a rule change by the TSA, go to NoKnivesOnPlanes.com. The sign up process is a little more cumbersome than usual but it is an official White House petition, so with enough signatures, the Administration is forced to respond. We have over 20,000 signatures in less than a week. We need 100,000 by the end of the petition. We are 20% of the way there. Share the link on Facebook, Twitter, Email, etc…
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APFA National Communications Coordinator