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Congresswoman Waters' Statement on TSA Reversing Decision to Allow Knives on Planes


Location: Washington, DC

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services, released the following statement in support of the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) decision to cancel its proposal to allow small knives on planes: "I stood firmly in opposition to TSA's proposal to allow small knives into the passenger cabins of planes, and I am pleased that TSA Administrator John Pistole has permanently abandoned this dangerous proposal. It seemed apparent from day one that this plan was wrong, and I am heartened that after consultation with travelers, airline employees and other stakeholders, TSA has arrived at the same conclusion.

"Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is located in my Congressional District. LAX is the sixth busiest airport in the world, and the third busiest in the United States. In a post 9/11 world, it is crucial that we maintain the highest levels of safety and security. In March, I joined more than 140 of my House colleagues in a letter to Mr. Pistole, in which we asked him to stick to the current rules that prohibit knives and certain sporting equipment from being brought on planes. In April, I joined a coalition of flight attendants, pilots, law enforcement and passengers at an LAX rally to oppose the proposed plan.

"TSA's decision to maintain the ban on knives on planes is the correct decision and a victory for anyone who works in or passes through LAX, and airports around the country."

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