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Shea-Porter to TSA: Protect Passengers and Keep Knives off Planes

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter cosponsored legislation that would reverse a recent decision by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to allow small knives in the cabins of airplanes.

"Common sense tells us that knives should not be allowed on airplanes," Shea-Porter said. "They're an unnecessary risk, and if the TSA won't reconsider this policy, Congress should take action."

Preventing knives on commercial planes keeps flight attendants, pilots and passengers out of harm's way and gives travelers peace of mind. Additionally, reversing the TSA decision will keep security lines moving as TSA agents will not have to inspect each knife that passes through a checkpoint.

In a letter to the TSA dated March 11, U.S. Airways CEO Doug Parker wrote, "The announcement this past week to begin allowing certain knives back into the cabins of commercial aircraft is of concern to us and we ask you to reconsider this decision."

The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, and the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations -- groups made up of flight attendants, pilots and law enforcement officers -- all oppose the TSA's policy change and do not believe that policies that promote standards of safety and security should be relaxed.

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