Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R-SI/Brooklyn) issued the following statement in response to the TSA's announcement today to delay lifting the ban on knives until key stakeholders can weigh in. The ban was initially scheduled to be lifted on April 25th.
"From day one, I adamantly opposed the TSA's decision to lift the knife ban, and have aggressively fought in Congress to reinstate it. We are faced with the realities of a post- 9/11 world, and must act accordingly. The TSA's decision to lift the ban was not only hastily made, but will jeopardize the safety of passengers and flight crews at a time when we should be adding extra protections.
"Today's announcement to allow the key stakeholders to weigh in - especially after Administrator Pistole assured me personally they already did - is a step in the right direction and something that should have been done before the ruling was made. As this process moves forward, I urge the TSA to listen carefully to those weighing in, and to rule in a way that makes safety the number one priority."
Rep. Grimm has been a leader on this issue, and has introduced the "No Knives Act" with Rep. Markey, which would reinstate the ban.