Move delayed after Boston Marathon bombings
A controversial shift in US policy that would have allowed passengers to carry small knives onto aircraft for the first time since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 has been blocked. The country’s Transportation Security Administration said it had delayed the move due to greater security tensions following the Boston bombings. Flight crew unions, which have been vocally against the policy change, expressed their relief.
The 90,000-member Flight Attendants Union Coalition said in a statement that it “opposed the TSA’s ill-advised plan from the start” and “remains resolute: no knives on planes ever again.”
The plan would have allowed folding knives with blades six centimetres or shorter to be carried onto planes, as well as hockey sticks, golf clubs, ski poles and billiard cues.
[pictured: Pen knife; photo by Mtoddson]