Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today applauded the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) decision to delay implementation of a new policy allowing airplane passengers to carry certain knives. The policy would have gone into effect on Thursday, April 25, 2013. In a recent letter to TSA Administrator John Pistole, she voiced serious concerns about the policy change and requested a delay of its implementation until all stakeholders could be consulted.
"I'm encouraged that the TSA has delayed implementing its new knife policy, which would affect the millions of people who fly to and from Hawai"i each year," said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. "The TSA's initial decision to allow knives on planes was made without adequate input from all key stakeholders. In today's post-9/11 world, this type of hasty policy change is unacceptable and does not increase the safety of passengers, crew members, or law enforcement officers on board. As this policy is reviewed, I look forward to working with these key stakeholders to ensure a smart, risk-based approach to transportation security."
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is also a cosponsor of the bipartisan "No Knives Act", which would preserve the TSA knife ban.