By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
US Rep. Michael Grimm said he told the federal Transportation Security Administration that allowing passengers to bring knives onto airplanes was a bad idea. And now, the TSA appears to be backing off.
The TSA announced on April 22 that it would postpone implementation of a new rule allowing passengers to bring small knives onto planes.
The agency announced that it was postponing the new rule to give key stakeholders a chance can weigh in. The ban on knives, which has been in place since right after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, had been scheduled to be lifted on April 25.
No new date has been set for when the new rule will go into effect.
Grimm (R-C-Brooklyn-Staten Island) said he thought it was a bad idea from the start and was glad to hear of the delay.
“From day one, I adamantly opposed the TSA’s decision to lift the knife ban, and have aggressively fought in congress to reinstate it. We are faced with the realities of a post- 9/11 world, and must act accordingly. The TSA’s decision to lift the ban was not only hastily made, but will jeopardize the safety of passengers and flight crews at a time when we should be adding extra protections,” Grimm said.
“As this process moves forward, I urge the TSA to listen carefully to those weighing in, and to rule in a way that makes safety the number one priority,” Grimm said.
Grimm and US Rep. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) are co-sponsoring a bill the “No Knives Act,” that would reinstate the ban on knives.