BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Ed Markey on Tuesday called the Transportation Security Administration's plan to allow passengers to carry small folding knives onto planes "wrong-headed" and announced legislation that will force the agency not to implement the rules.
Markey held up a Swiss army knife at Boston's Logan International Airport when he announced that he is filing the bipartisan "No Knives Act" to stop the new TSA regulations from going into effect on April 25. The bill is co-sponsored U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, a Republican from New York's Staten Island.
Flight attendants, pilots and federal law enforcement officers opposed the rule change, Markey said. The Malden Democrat was joined by representatives of flight attendants and pilot unions at Logan airport, from where terrorists armed with knives hijacked two planes that were flown into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
"On 9/11, we learned that in the confines of an airline cabin, even a small knife can lead to devastating consequences," Markey said.
The new rules will also allow passengers to include in their carry-on luggage novelty-size baseball bats less than 24 inches long, toy plastic bats, billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and two golf clubs. Items like box cutters, razor blades and knives on fixed blades are still banned.
"The 9/11 Commission described failures of the imagination as the primary reason we were unable to prevent these fateful attacks. It does not take much imagination to understand that allowing knives back into passenger cabins of planes is a bad idea," said Markey, one of the candidates in the state's special U.S. Senate election for a seat that became vacant when John Kerry resigned to become secretary of state.
Knives permitted under the policy must be able to fold up and have blades that are 2.36 inches or less in length and are less than 1/2-inch wide. The policy is aimed at allowing passengers to carry pen knives, corkscrews with small blades and other small knives
If you owe under $729k you may qualify for 3.05% APR Govt Refi Plans.