Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Michael Sullivan is joining critics of the federal Transportation Security Administration's plan to allow passengers to carry small folding knives onto planes.
Sullivan said he agrees with airlines, flight attendants and air marshals who have voiced strong objections to the policy.
Sullivan, a former U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, said it makes no sense that the TSA would continue to ban box-cutters while considering small knives to be non-threatening. Sullivan said those knives continue to pose a serious security threat to passenger safety.
The policy is scheduled to goes into effect April 25.
On Tuesday, Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Markey labeled the policy "wrong-headed" and announced legislation he said would force the agency to abandon the rules change.
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley also opposes the new policy.
This program aired on March 15, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.