US Federal Air Marshal reacts during mock terrorist hijacking attempt in jet cabin
ARLINGTON, VA - The recent decision by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to allow pocket knives back onto commercial flights has been met with plenty of criticism. Groups representing the federal air marshals and flight attendants are asking the TSA to reconsider the policy.
The idea of the new rule is aimed at allowing security screeners to focus on preventing more threatening items, such as explosive materials and devices, from making it onto airplanes, including in addition to reducing hassle for passengers.
But the union representing some 90,000 flight attendants called the measure "a poor and short sighted decision by the TSA." And one representative of the Air Marshals says the TSA has forgotten about 9/11 and says flight attendants are going to be sitting ducks.
Small pocketknives and other sporting equipment including hockey sticks, pool cues, and golf clubs will be allowed back on airplanes starting April 25th. They were all banned from flights after 9/11.