Small-knife rule a big deal to some flight crews, airlines

03/19/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The Transportation Security Administration may be planning to implement its latest regulation to allow small knives on planes, but not everyone is delighted with the policy. The Flight Attendants Union Coalition, a few pilots unions and some airlines are asking that the policy change be reversed. TSA Administrator John Pistole said last week that with reinforced cockpit doors, improved terrorist watch lists and willingness of fliers to intervene in an attack, "a small pocketknife is simply not going to result in catastrophic failure of an aircraft."

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