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Letter By letting knives on planes TSA puts public in danger

 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:24 pm    Post subject: Letter By letting knives on planes TSA puts public in danger
From Mar 14, 2013 to Mar 18, 2013 (included)
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As a father whose daughter perished at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, I oppose the Transportation Safety Administration decision to allow knives back on board planes.

It was widely reported in the initial aftermath of the 9/11 attacks that the hijackers used box cutters, but none were ever found and the actual weapons used were never confirmed. The hijackers were proven to have purchased knives, as written in the 9/11 Commission report.

It would appear from the comments made by TSA chief John Pistole in the implementation of the security-risk-based initiative he has authored that the emphasis will be to allow TSA employees to focus on bomb components and to bring the United States into alignment with international regulations.

What is beyond belief is that the TSA would try to fix something that is not broken. One can only ask why, after 12 years, is it not the international regulations that should come in alignment with ours.

The union representing 90,000 flight attendants, the air marshals and other organizations oppose this change.

Pistole’s remarks regarding box cutters and razor blades as too much of an emotional issue do not even deserve to be repeated. He owes an apology not only to the 9/11 families but to all Americans whom he has now placed back in danger.

The simple fact is that these weapons have not been allowed on board for the past 12 years. Banning them, in fact, has prevented the loss of life. Is one life not worth saving?

Thomas J. Meehan III

Toms River
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