We Won! No Knives on Planes Ever Again!

Posted on Oct 9, 2018

FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (.pdf)

On October 5, 2018, a 5-year FAA bill became law. Included in the bill is a provision to ban knives from the aircraft cabin.

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No Knives Ever Again. It’s in the Bill.

Posted on Sep 27, 2018

September 27, 2018

In addition to 10 Hours Minimum Rest, there are many AFA safety, health, and security priorities in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. And here’s another BIG one:

The Bill includes a provision to make it LAW that knives are never again allowed on our planes. TSA could never again change policy once the bill is passed. We ran an extraordinary campaign five years ago to beat back an attempt to allow knives on planes. We won in 90 days time with an extraordinary coalition and champions in Congress. Within 48 hours, then Representative Ed Markey led the charge in Congress and even after our win, he kept up the fight with us then introducing legislation in the Senate when he became a Senator later that year. Senator Markey kept up the fight to ensure this language would be included in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018.

Last night, the House voted to approve the bill with a vote of 398-23. Now, the Senate needs to vote and send the bill to the President’s desk for signing before the September 30, 2018 deadline.

Call your two Senators at 855-534-1774 to say:

“I am a Flight Attendant and a constituent. I strongly support the FAA bill that includes 10 hours minimum rest for Flight Attendants among other important safety initiatives. I am calling to ask my Senator to vote for the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. Thank you.”

Call your Senators now at 855-534-1774.

Summary of AFA Safety Initiatives included in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018:

  • 10-hours Minimum Rest and a FRMP for Flight Attendants
  • No Knives on Planes Ever Again
  • Ban of Voice Calls on Planes
  • Emotional Support and Service Animal Standards
  • Air Quality: Technologies to Combat Contaminated Bleed Air
  • Protect Customer Service agents from assaults
  • Cabin Cyber Security Vulnerabilities
  • Secondary Cockpit Barriers
  • Safe Transport of Lithium Batteries
  • Study on Cabin Evacuation Certification (including cabin configuration)
  • Increase Civil Penalties for Crew Interference from $25,000 to $35,000
  • Banning Electronic Cigarette Smoking on Planes
  • Congressional Focus on Addressing Sexual Misconduct on Planes
  • Establish National Inflight Sexual Misconduct Task Force
  • Require DOJ to Establish Reporting Process for Sexual Misconduct
  • Prioritize Support for Flight Attendant Drug and Alcohol Program (FADAP)
  • Requiring Privacy for Nursing in the Airport
  • Evaluation and Update of Emergency Medical Kit Contents
  • Oxygen Mask Design Study
  • Develop Guidance for Non-Toxic Prevention of Transporting Insects
  • Exit Row Evaluation and Verification
  • Required notification of Insecticide use
  • Promoting Women in Aviation
  • TSA Authorization
  • Continue Crewmember Self-Defense Training
  • NTSB Reauthorization
  • Improve Consumer Notification of Insecticide Use
  • Expanded Human Trafficking Training for Airline Personnel
  • Authorization of Essential Air Service
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No Knives Bill Introduced on September 11, 2017

Posted on Sep 14, 2017

September 13, 2017 – As the nation marked 16 years since the 9/11 terror attacks, bipartisan legislation banning knives on planes was introduced in the House and Senate.

AFA has kept up the fight to permanently prohibit passengers from carrying knives into the aircraft cabin. We applaud Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), Representative David Joyce (R-OH), and Representative Dan Lipinski (D-IL) for taking the lead on the bicameral bill.

“Never Forget is not just a thought; it is a promise of action,” stated AFA International President Sara Nelson. “Sixteen years is far too long to wait for passage of common sense legislation to keep knives out of the aircraft cabin. Four flights, our friends, our family, our nation’s security – all taken in a moment by those with evil in their hearts and small knives in their hands. Never again.”

While we were successful in reversing national security policy to keep knives off planes four years ago, the knife lobby could take a run at changing the policy again. We don’t need to have that fight again and we don’t need knives on our planes ever again. We need a permanent ban on knives through this legislative solution.

We want to thank all of our original co-sponsors on the House Bill. Joining Representatives Joyce and Lipinski, are Representatives Dan Donovan (R-NY), Mike Bost (R-IL), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Jackie Speier (D-CA).

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Coalition Of Flight Attendants Commends TSA For Keeping Knives Off Passenger Planes

Posted on Jun 5, 2013


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 90,000-strong Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions today celebrated the success of its campaign to keep knives off planes and commended the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for holding the line against weapons on flights.

“We promised ‘No Knives on Planes Ever Again,’ and today that promise was kept,” the Flight Attendant Coalition announced. “Terrorists armed only with knives killed thousands of Americans on 9/11/2001. As the women and men on the front lines in the air, we vowed to do everything in our power to protect passengers and flight crews from harm and prevent that type of atrocity from happening ever again. We commend the TSA for revising its policy based on input from front line aviation workers with the greatest stake in the rule change. The result is better security policy and the assurance that our nation’s aviation security system continues to be vigilant for knives that could be used in a terrorist attack or criminal act against passengers or crew.”

Five unions representing 90,000 Flight Attendants from across the industry quickly mobilized after the TSA announced plans on March 5, 2013 to allow knives with blades up to 2.36 inches long back onto aircraft cabins for the first time since 9/11. Knives in the hands of terrorists or mentally ill or drunk or drugged passengers would have posed a clear threat to everyone in the air and in airport secure areas.

On May 6, 2013, each of the coalition unions representing Flight Attendants joined with TSA screeners, pilots, law enforcement officers and airline passengers to file a legal petition to the TSA against the rule change that would have permitted knives in the aircraft cabin. Administrator John Pistole demonstrated leadership and sound judgment by responding to this petition and other stakeholder feedback. Today, the Administrator has determined that knives will remain on the official “prohibited items list” governing what airline passengers may carry on their persons or in carry-on bags onto planes.

The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions was quickly joined by organizations representing virtually everyone else potentially affected by a new knife policy, including TSA security officers, pilots, gate agents, federal air marshals, and airline passengers. The Flight Attendants thank the American Federation of Government Employees representing TSA Security Officers, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, FlyersRights.org, the nation’s largest organization representing air travelers, the Coalition of Pilots Associations, the United Airlines chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association, the families of Betty Ong, Sara Low and Alfred Marchand as well as Airlines for America, the trade association representing U.S. airlines.

Flight Attendants also wish to thank Members of Congress from both parties for their crucial support. House Homeland Security Members Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) were instrumental in pushing for a process that would include input from aviation stakeholders. Congressmen Ed Markey (D-MA) and Michael Grimm (R-NY) led the charge against knives in the aircraft cabin by introducing the No Knives Act of 2013 within days of the policy announcement. Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Kristin Gillibrand (D-NY), the late Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) co-sponsored the “Keep Knives Out of Our Skies Act.”


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Media Contacts: Corey Caldwell, AFA, ccaldwell@afanet.org ; Anthony DeMaio, APFA, ademaio@oneillandassoc.com ; James Carlson, IAM, jcarlson@iamaw.org ; David White, IBT, dwhite@teamster.org ; Jamie Horwitz, TWU, media@twu.org.

The Flight Attendants Union Coalition coordinates on issues of mutual interest to Flight Attendants. Members of the Coalition are the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), and Transport Workers Union (TWU).

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