The Transportation Security Administration, meets with criticism from Delta Airline CEO, Richard Anderson, in a report by CNN on Mar. 8, 2013. An 11-year ban has been lifted, effective Apr. 25, 2013, passengers will be allowed to carry select pocket knives onto airplanes without prejudice.
In an statement Anderson expressed his disapproval for the ban lift allowing passengers to carry knives with blades no longer than 2.36 inches (6 centimeters) and less than a half-inch wide will be allowed in airline cabins as long as the blade is retractable and does not lock into place.
Anderson drafted a letter to the head of the TSA stating, "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."
TSA Administrator John Pistole, states that the move to lift the ban is in alignment with International guidelines and are keeping with his "risk-based security" approach.
In protest of the TSA pending rules, the Flight Attendants Union Coalition has launched a campaign to have the Apr. 25, decision reversed.