U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15) released the following statement after the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) announcement today that it will continue to ban all knives onboard planes. Swalwell, a Member of the Homeland Security Committee, strongly opposed the change in policy and led a bipartisan letter with 133 Members of Congress urging TSA to reverse its decision until meaningful engagement with stakeholders like flight attendants and pilots:
"I welcome the decision by TSA to not allow knives on planes. Since TSA announced its decision to change the Prohibited Items List and allow knives in aircraft cabins, I have worked as a Member of the Homeland Security Committee to oppose its policy. I was proud to lead a letter signed by 133 Members of Congress calling for the policy's reversal and express my concern about this policy to TSA Administrator John Pistole at a Homeland Security Committee hearing.
"Since September 11 we have had no dangerous incidents with knives onboard planes. This number can't get better, but allowing knives on planes could make it worse, and at the very least puts the flying public at risk. I appreciate that Administrator Pistole reversed the decision after ultimately engaging with stakeholders, who should have been consulted from the start. With this final decision by TSA to maintain the ban on knives, we keep our passengers and crew safe in the friendly skies."