Rep. Markey Steps Up Pressure on TSA on Knife Decision
U.S. Rep. Ed Markey is stepping up pressure on the Transportation Security Administration to abandon its new policy that will allow passengers to carry small folding knives onto planes.
The Massachusetts Democrat held up a Swiss army knife at Boston's Logan International Airport when he announced today that he is filing legislation that would prevent the TSA from implementing the policy starting April 25.
Markey cites opposition from flight attendants, pilots and federal law enforcement officers. Flight attendants and pilots at the new conference say the small knives could be very dangerous and baseball bats could make conflicts inside planes more dangerous.
Markey is a candidate in the state's special U.S. Senate election to fill the seat vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry.
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