The Transportation Security Administration will soon let airline passengers carry small folding knives onto planes for the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
But a group of flight attendants are doing everything they can to halt the shift in policy. They have even turned to the families of flight attendants who died in the terrorist attacks to put pressure on the TSA.
Still, the TSA is set on April 25 to allow passengers to bring onboard small folding knives, with blades that are 2.36 inches or shorter in length and are less than 1/2 inch wide, as well as pool cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks, golf clubs and novelty-sized bats.
The policy change is intended to give TSA agents more time to focus on bigger threats, such as explosives.
In the past 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.