Shocking news: With the reduction of security at U.S. airports in the coming month, knives will be allowed back in plane cabins. On March 6, WESH 2 News reported that the Transportation Security Administration is planning to change the rules back to the way it was prior to the terrorist attack of 9-11, by allowing passengers to bring small knives on board airplanes. The TSA also plans on allowing other objects that could be used as weapons that were once banned. NBC news announced that the Federal Air Marshals and flight attendants are in strong disagreement to the TSA’s decision.
A union representing 90,000 flight attendants and the head of the air marshal unit will ask the TSA to reconsider the new policy. The TSA say that by allowing small knives as well as baseball bats, golf clubs and other sporting equipment their policy will be in alignment with international standards and allow them to focus on other safety threats such as explosives.
Families of victims of the terrorist attacks are floored that the TSA would go backwards in the fight against terrorism and the TSA’s reasoning is a horrible mistake that may have severe consequences.
What are your thoughts? Do you agree with the TSA decision or would you rather take a little longer at screening machines to get on a no-knives/weapons plane? Do you think the TSA is just trying to make their jobs easier because of the budget cuts, no overtime and a hiring freeze? Sound out in the comments below.
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