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March 15, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Transportation Security Administration to allow knives, sporting gear on planes

Protect our skies

TSA officer Robert Howard signals an airline passenger forward at a security check-point at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash. TSA has recently announced a new policy that would allow passengers to carry small knives and some sports equipment onto planes. (ELAINE THOMPSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS, File)

Transportation Security Administration officer Robert Howard signals an airline passenger forward at a security check-point at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash. TSA has recently announced a new policy that would allow passengers to carry small knives and some sports equipment onto planes. (ELAINE THOMPSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS, File)

As a flight attendant for 14 years and Local Union President of three bases, I am very concerned over the recent TSA decision that will allow knives back into the aircraft cabin [“Small knives, sporting gear to be allowed on planes,” News, March 6].

Flight attendants are responsible for the safety and security of the passengers in the cabin. Knowing there could be dangerous concealed weapons onboard makes me extremely frightened, along with my co-workers. All it takes is the wrong person at the wrong time to create a disaster.

We need to protect our skies. No knives on planes! Over the past 10 years, the United States has become the leader in aviation security and is the safest, most efficient aviation transportation system in the world. Let’s continue being the safest in the skies!

–Heather Coleman, LECP Council 16, Association of Flight Attendants (Seattle, Spokane, Boise), Fox Island

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