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March 12, 2013

American Airlines voices concern about allowing pocketknives on airplanes

American Airlines is voicing concern over the TSA's recent decision to allow passengers to bring small pocketknives onto airplanes.

In a letter to John Pistole, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, Will Ris -- American's senior vice president of government and regulatory affairs -- says the government should have sought out input from airlines and workers before making its decision on loosening its restrictions.

Last week, the TSA announced that it will allow people to carry small pocketknives on planes for the first time since the 9-11 terrorist attacks, along with glof clubs, hockey sticks and small plastic baseball bats.

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants, which represent flight attendants at American, objected to the change, as did other union.

Here is the text of Ris' letter.

In light of the TSA’s announcement last week on proposed revisions to the prohibited items list, I
wanted to voice American’s concern over the allowance of certain types of knives on aircraft.

We agree that it is important for the TSA to regularly revisit its rules and regulations, and fully support its frequent review of what is in the best interest of the flying public. The TSA’s guidelines are crucial to the safety of our crews and customers, and we have – and will – adhere fully to its policies.

However, American feels that those guidelines are often most beneficial when we collectively discuss
and review any proposed alterations that will affect our crewmembers and customers. In this particular case, we believe input from airlines, as well as the men and women who fly and serve the aircraft, would have been valuable to help determine the most useful and appropriate revisions.

The safety of our people and our customers is paramount and we will continue to support policies that
keep the airspace safe, and allow customers to move through the screening and security process as
quickly and safely as possible. But we encourage the TSA to reassess its proposed revisions to the
prohibited items list, scheduled to take effect April 25, to ensure that any and all changes have been
thoroughly reviewed and vetted.

-- Steve Kaskovich

 

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Comments

whitey

I AGREE. ARE WE GETTING TO RELAXED WITH THESE NEW CHANGES? I KNOW IT,S A HASSLE WHEN COMMING TO FLYING.BUT I WOULD RATHER FACE THE HASSLE THAN FACE A TRAGEDY IN THE AIR OR ON THE GROUND.IF THE TSA NEEDS TO FOCUS MORE ON OTHER ISSUES SUCH AS EXPOSIVE DEVISES THEN HIRE SOME MORE TSA AGENTS.THATS PLAINE AND SIMPLE. IT,S ALL ABOUT CUTTING CORNERS AND SAVING MONEY AT THE EXPENSE OF PEOPLES LIFES.DIDN,T WE LEARN OUR LESSON ON 911?

Benjamin Skinner

Allowing pocket knives when you don't allow other weapons doesn't appear to make a lot of sense, does it?

Paul Medford

We carried pocket knives for 90 years before 9/11. I don't see what all of this upset is about. One could quicker kill a person with a ballpoint pen than a pocket knife, but hey, let's continue to let emotion over rule logic and reason.

I guess it's time to get the real utensiles back out of business class and bring back the plasticware.

Land of the free and home of the brave. Yeah,...right...whatever you say.

whitey

hey people out there.paul Medford is just another national rifle freak.hey ma hey pa lets get the guns out were fom texas and we are still living in the 1800,s.

Paul Medford

Ah...no, not a gunnie or member of any association, except a flyers group.

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