Fitzpatrick: TSA Made the Right Call to Halt Knives on Planes

Jun 5, 2013 Issues: Defense and National Security
Fitzpatrick: TSA Made the Right Call to Halt Knives on Planes

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) issued the following statement Wednesday regarding the announcement of the Transportation Safety Administrations decision not to ease restrictions on carrying knives on airplanes:

“Securing safe travel aboard airplanes for passengers is a fundamental objective of the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA)- I’m pleased to see that their decision today honors that commitment.

The easing of rules to allow objects like knives onboard flights would have been a reckless, potentially dangerous, decision by the TSA- a concern I addressed to TSA Administrator Pistole in May.

I’ve worked on airline safety legislation with Ellen Saracini – widow of terror victim and pilot Victor Saracini - who knows the importance of airline security first-hand. In the process I was able to hear from pilots, passenger safety advocates, and law enforcement officials who knew it was wrong to allow knives back on planes. I am glad the TSA listened to their concerns.

Travelers and airline employees deserve to feel safe while flying- the agency’s decision today ensures another level of safety and allows TSA agents to focus on enforcing important security protocols already in place.”


Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.