Lawmakers look to reverse TSA on knife rules

Posted: March 14, 2013

U.S. Rep. Robert A. Brady (D., Pa.) said Wednesday he and other House members will press the Transportation Security Administration to reverse its decision allowing knives on passenger airplanes.

A group of lawmakers, including Reps. Bennie Thompson (D., Miss.) Eric Swalwell (D., Calif.) and Michael Grimm (R., N.Y.), announced they will send a "formal bipartisan letter" to TSA administrator John Pistole urging the agency to reconsider its policy permitting passengers to carry small knives and sporting equipment, such as golf clubs and toy baseball bats, in carry-on luggage.

"This decision appears to have been made without formal engagement with stakeholders impacted by this policy, including those most likely to come into contact with someone possessing a knife on a plane - flight crew members and air marshals," the lawmakers said.

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