Knives inside planes would make passengers unsafe: US airlines
"The announcement this past week to begin allowing certain knives back into the cabins of commercial aircraft is of concern to us and we ask you to reconsider this decision," US Airways CEO Doug Parker wrote to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John Pistole in a letter.
TSA, responsible for airport security in the US, had announced that it will allow as carry-on luggage small pocketknives with non-locking blades smaller than 2.36 inches and less than 0.5 inch, small novelty bats and toy bats, skipoles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks, billiard cues and golf clubs (limit two).
Delta Airlines CEO Richard Anderson also wrote a similar letter to TSA, according to The Hill newspaper. "We continue to support a risk-based approach to security. However, we must object to the agency decision to allow small knives back in the aircraft cabin. These items have been banned for more than 11 years and will add little value to the customer security process flow in relation to the additional risk for our cabin staff and customers," Anderson wrote.
According to Parker, this kind of policy amendment is"most effective when conducted in a collaborative way with the airlines".
"We also understand and support the risk-based assessmen temployed by the TSA. However, this review and policy amendment process is most effective when it is conducted in a collaborative
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