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Grimm on TSA’s knife rule: I told you so!

April 23, 2013 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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US Rep. Michael Grimm said he told the federal Transportation Security Administration that allowing passengers to bring knives onto airplanes was a bad idea. And now, the TSA appears to be backing off.

The TSA announced on April 22 that it would postpone implementation of a new rule allowing passengers to bring small knives onto planes.

The agency announced that it was postponing the new rule to give key stakeholders a chance can weigh in. The ban on knives, which has been in place since right after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, had been scheduled to be lifted on April 25.

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No new date has been set for when the new rule will go into effect.

Grimm (R-C-Brooklyn-Staten Island) said he thought it was a bad idea from the start and was glad to hear of the delay.

“From day one, I adamantly opposed the TSA’s decision to lift the knife ban, and have aggressively fought in congress to reinstate it. We are faced with the realities of a post- 9/11 world, and must act accordingly. The TSA’s decision to lift the ban was not only hastily made, but will jeopardize the safety of passengers and flight crews at a time when we should be adding extra protections,” Grimm said.

“As this process moves forward, I urge the TSA to listen carefully to those weighing in, and to rule in a way that makes safety the number one priority,” Grimm said.

Grimm and US Rep. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) are co-sponsoring a bill the “No Knives Act,” that would reinstate the ban on knives.





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