Sen. Charles Schumer, saying he sees few tangible benefits for passengers, called Sunday on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to reverse its decision to allow small pocketknives on airplanes.
At an afternoon news conference in New York, Schumer said TSA agents would be distracted by having to measure knives and other items like baseball bats.
“These items are dangerous, and have not become less so in the years since they were banned from planes,” the New York Democrat said. “Now is not the time for reduced vigilance, or to place additional burdens on TSA agents who should be looking for dangerous items.”
Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey is also pushing the TSA to reverse its new policy (see video).