New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand is asking Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano not to allow knives to be brought on airplanes.
"Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) urged Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to reverse a decision by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that allows travelers to carry small retractable blade knives on airplanes. Senator Gillibrand stressed that threats posed by these small knives should not be ignored, noting the fact that airlines and airports have been prime terrorist targets since the September 11th attack, with the most recent threat coming only last year," Gillibrand's office says in a press release.
The senator is quoted as saying, “I am deeply concerned this decision could put the safety of passengers and flight attendants at risk. ... Allowing potentially dangerous weapons anywhere near a plane simply does not make sense. As we’ve repeatedly seen, New York is the number one target for terrorists around the world who want to harm Americans. We must remain vigilant in guarding against attacks and protect New York and our nation.”
In a letter to Napolitano to express her concern for this move, Gillibrand writes, “I am deeply disturbed by this announcement and concerned for the safety of all Americans who travel via commercial aircraft, and request a reconsideration of this policy change to better protect American travelers… The safety and security of American travelers should be the top priority for TSA, and keeping the ban on pocketknives is imperative to maintaining that safety.”