Last updated: 07:05 PM ET, Sun May 19 2013

TSA Knife Fight: Survey Says No Knives on Airlines

Airlines & Airports | Transportation Security Administration | Gretchen Kelly | May 19, 2013

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants, which has been fighting the potential new allowance of small knives, bats, golf cubs and other items that could conceivably be used as weapons has announced the results of a national survey regarding the TSA’s potential new knives policy. When asked if the current policy of prohibiting passengers from carrying knives on commercial flights is a good policy or one that should be changed, 90 percent of respondents said they favored the current restrictions.  APFA said the percentage was virtually identical for frequent flyers and non-frequent flyers alike.

“The results of the survey confirm that the American people have the same common sense approach to aviation security that the APFA, other flight attendant groups, pilots, air marshals, and TSA screeners share,” said APFA President Laura Glading. “I hope Secretary Napolitano and Administrator Pistole will consider this data and stop this rule change. Knives do not belong in airplane cabins – period.”

The Association said the survey was conducted by Penn Schoen Berland from May 7-9, 2013 among 1,206 likely voters. The margin of error is +/-2.82.

Other organizations and individuals that oppose the new knife allowance include Airlines for America (A4A), the U.S. airline trade organization as well as executives from American Airlines, US Airways, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines.

 “The broad coalition that has organized to block this action speaks for itself,” Glading said. “You’d be hard-pressed to find another issue in today’s discourse that so many people agree on. It’s a no-brainer.”

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