Travel group asks TSA for delay of new knife policy

Posted: March 16, 2013

A business travel industry group on Friday urged the Transportation Security Administration to delay implementation of a new policy allowing passengers to carry knives onboard passenger aircraft.

The Global Business Travel Association, whose 5,000 members manage more than $340 billion in business travel and meetings expenditures annually, said the new knife policy "raises significant safety concerns for business travelers who make nearly 40 million business trips each month."

The TSA policy shift to allow some small knives and other objects on flights is also opposed by pilot and flight-attendant groups. It is set to go into effect April 25.

Although risk-based security measures are intended to speed airport passenger screening, "many are questioning whether the new policy will slow down, rather than speedup, checkpoint screening," said the travel group's executive director, Michael McCormick. He urged TSA administrator John Pistole to delay the "significant shift in policy" and work with stakeholders from major airlines, their flight crews, and the travel industry.

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