Despite beefed-up security at airports nationwide in reaction to the deadly Boston Marathon bombings on Monday, the Transportation Security Administration is standing firms in its plan next week to allow passengers to take small folding knives and other formerly prohibited items onto airplanes.
On Wednesday, a TSA spokesman wrote via email that changes would go into effect April 25 as planned.
Before the bombings, more than 100 members of Congress as well as flight attendants and members of the public had asked TSA Administrator John Pistole to scrap the policy.
Some of those pleas have a greater sense of urgency.
"I would hope with recent events in Boston and poison-based letters that we would realize we're still under attack," Rep. Janice Hahn (D-Los Angeles) said Wednesday. Hahn, who says the U.S. remains vulnerable to terrorist events, last week wrote to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who oversees the TSA, to ask for reconsideration of the changes. Hahn said she had not yet received a response.
Hahn, who flies twice a week to go back and forth to her district, said she's also concerned about the safety of crew members and passengers who could be attacked with a knife as a result of the policy change. She also says her constituents have weighed in against the changes too.