The Transportation Security Administration will soon let airline passengers carry small folding knives on planes for the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
But a group of flight attendants is doing everything it can to halt the shift in policy. It has even employed the families of flight attendants who died in the terrorist attacks to put pressure on the TSA.
Still, TSA is set April 25 to allow passengers to bring onboard small folding knives, with blades 2.36 inches or shorter and less than 1/2 an inch wide, as well as pool cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks, golf clubs and novelty-size bats.
The policy change is intended to give TSA agents more time to focus on bigger threats, such as explosives.
In the last few weeks, the Assn. of Professional Flight Attendants, which represents American Airlines attendants, has sent letters to the TSA and others, voicing opposition to the change.