U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15) today praised the decision by TSA to delay implementation of its revised prohibited items policy that would allow certain knives and sporting equipment onboard airplanes until further engagement with stakeholders such as flight attendants and pilots. Rep. Swalwell, a Member of the Homeland Security Committee Transportation Subcommittee, led the effort opposing this change in policy, including coordinating a bipartisan letter signed by 133 Members of Congress calling on TSA Administrator John Pistole to repeal the policy until TSA properly engages with stakeholders.
"Today's announcement by TSA is welcome news for airline passengers and crews," said Rep. Swalwell. "I appreciate that TSA Administrator Pistole listened to the 133 Members of Congress who signed our letter asking for this reversal in policy, stakeholders like pilots and flight attendants, and the general public who oppose this disturbing decision. This delay in implementation is a positive step by the Administrator that will allow stakeholders to have their rightful input into a decision that directly affects their safety and that of the flying public."