Guam – Speaker Judi Won Pat has written a letter to TSA Administrator John Pistole asking him to reconsider the decision to allow pocket knives back on commercial air flights.
In her letter, the Speaker writes that “permitting passengers to bring knives and some previously prohibited sports equipment on-board the aircraft reverses accepted safety procedures of post 9/11 travel.”
The 9/11 hijackers used box-cutters to commandeer the flights that were flown into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and into a field in Pennsylvania.
READ the release from Speaker Won Pat below:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2013
Hagåtña – Speaker Judith T. Won Pat, Ed.D. asked the Transportation Security Administration to revisit a decision that will allow knives and other sharp objects to be brought onboard passenger jets. The Speaker also called on her colleagues and legislative staff to support the “No Knives, Ever Again” on planes position and petition.
Several members of Guam based flight crews visited with Speaker Won Pat and Senator Tina Rose Muna Barnes yesterday to share concerns that they have with the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) decision to again allow knives on planes.
In response, Speaker Won Pat penned a letter to TSA Administrator John Pistole (attached). She stated, “On behalf of the people of Guam and Guam based flight crews, I write this letter to express our grave concern with the decision of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), to again, allow knives on commercial airliners.”
Speaker Won Pat added, “Permitting passengers to bring knives and some previously prohibited sports equipment onboard the aircraft reverses accepted safety procedures of post 9/11 travel. This concern is especially discerning to the men and women who ensure our safe passage between ports.”
“As members of Congress have asked you, The Flight Attendants’ Union Coalition, representing some 90,000 Flight Attendants, and on behalf of all stakeholders from Guam and elsewhere, who fly the friendly skies, I respectfully urge you to rescind this policy before the implementation date.”
The TSA, citing its risk-based security approach says this policy will allow them to better focus on “higher threat items such as explosives.” Flight Attendants on Guam are joining more than 90,000 flight attendants across the United States in opposing the implementation of the policy, scheduled for April 25, 2013.
The visiting flight attendants also asked that lawmakers, staff and families who support their position sign and support an electronic petition, “No Knives, Ever Again,” at NoKnivesOnPlanes.com.
Speaker Won Pat registered at the site and was recorded as the 45, 301st supporter.
As well, Speaker Won Pat also emailed members and staffers of the legislative branch to enlist their support for and share their concerns with the TSA. The Speaker is also proffering a legislative Resolution in support of ensuring safe passage in the skies.