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At Logan, Markey Calls For Airplane Knife Ban

Joined by flight attendants and police at a news conference Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Edward Markey urged the TSA not to implement a new policy that would allow passengers to carry small knives onto planes. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Joined by flight attendants and police at a news conference Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Edward Markey urged the TSA not to implement a new policy that would allow passengers to carry small knives onto planes. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — In a Logan Airport news conference on Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Edward Markey called on the Transportation Security Administration to abandon its new policy allowing passengers to carry small knives onto planes.

Markey is urging the TSA not to implement the policy, citing the opposition of flight attendants and federal law enforcement officers.

Joined by flight attendants and police at the news conference, Markey said the policy underestimates the danger of knives.

“On 9/11 we learned that in the confines of an airline cabin, even a small knife can lead to devastating consequences,” he said.

The Malden Democrat is a candidate in the state’s special U.S. Senate election.

The policy goes into effect April 25. It will also allow passengers to include in their carry-on luggage novelty-size baseball bats less than 24 inches long, toy plastic bats, billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and two golf clubs.

Items like box cutters and razor blades are still prohibited.

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom

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  • http://www.justinlocke.com/author.htm Justin Locke

    I wonder if people with black belts in karate are also banned from airplanes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/futo.buddy Futo Buddy

    i wish that we could stop asking cops what they think. police tend to be against legalizing anything. i saw a man who had had his toothpicks confiscated at the airport. they said he had “too many toothpicks” lets try to bring some semblance of reason back into the debate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/futo.buddy Futo Buddy

    look out Ed Markey has a knife! somehow i think that lady behind him could take him down if she had to. is markey saying that big guy there is afraid of tiny knives when we face the rampent threat of 4 oz shampoo bottles?

  • Thinkfreeer

    Markey is 37 year member of Congress. I’m not sure why he’s in Mass right now, since Congress is in session – Oh, wait he wants to be Senator now. He should be asked to leave Congress altogether. He is a symptom of what’s wrong. He does not stand for anything good and decent.

    • Thinkfreeer

      He stands for two things – Ed Markey and special interests. In this case he serves both.

  • http://www.facebook.com/futo.buddy Futo Buddy

    that looks like the 84mm swiss army knife blade markey is brandishing- well over the size thats been allowed by the TSA. why the deceptive fear mongering Ed?

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