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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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NY and NJ Senators Say ‘Keep Knives Out of Our Skies’

Posted on May 22, 2013

For Immediate Release: May 22, 2013

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Flight Attendants Cheer Senate Legislation for Ban on Knives

(WASHINGTON, DC) – New York and New Jersey Senators today introduced legislation to “Keep Knives Out of Our Skies,” in response to an incredible chorus of opposition to the TSA rule change that would allow knives in the aircraft cabin for the first time since 9/11.  The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions, representing nearly 90,000 flight attendants, applauds Senator Schumer, Gillibrand, Lautenberg and Menendez for introducing the legislation to ensure the TSA does not implement the new rule over the Memorial Day weekend.

“The TSA’s dangerous new policy will put passengers, flight attendants and pilots at risk and we must reverse it to make sure our airplanes are secure,” said Senator Schumer. “Knives should continue to be kept off passenger planes and this legislation will make sure of that, once and for all.”

“Allowing knives on airplanes would exacerbate security problems at airports and onboard flights, not reduce them,” said Senator Lautenberg. “One of the airplanes used during the September 11th attacks departed from Newark Liberty Airport, and small weapons were used by several of the attackers. The 9/11 attacks serve as a constant reminder of the dangers we face with airline travel, and this legislation would help us remain vigilant in protecting both passengers and flight crews.”

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Congress To TSA: No Knives On Planes

Posted on May 22, 2013

For Immediate Release: May 22, 2013
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145 Members of Congress Sign Letter to Administrator Pistole

(WASHINGTON, DC) – The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions, representing nearly 90,000 flight attendants, applauded the efforts of Congress to keep knives out of the aircraft cabin for good. Representatives Ed Markey (D-MA) and Michael Grimm (R-NY) led the effort by authoring the letter to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and generating bipartisan support. In all, 145 members of Congress signed on to the letter, stating that the TSA’s proposed rule change to allow knives in the passenger cabin for the first time since September 11, 2001 “is dangerous, unnecessary, and irresponsible.”

“Members of Congress are so opposed to this plan to put knives on planes, you could fill a 737 with all of them,” stated Congressman Markey. “The TSA was right to delay this decision, and now they should deny any knife from ever being brought into a passenger cabin of a plane. I want to thank the flight attendants, the pilots, the air marshals, the TSA screeners, and the airlines who all stood up and said ‘no’ to this terrible idea.”

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Flight Attendants, Congressional Reps at Houston (IAH) Airport Rally Against Knives In The Passenger Cabin

Posted on May 20, 2013

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Reports Indicate TSA Knives and Slow Security Will Kick Off Summer Travel Season

Washington, DC – The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions, representing 90,000 Flight Attendants including United, American, Southwest and US Airways, are conducting a press conference and rally Monday, May 20, 2013 at Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to continue engaging the traveling public in efforts to keep the aircraft cabin free of knives. According to a recent Washington Post article “now the chatter is that the TSA may decide to put the new rules into effect over the Memorial Day weekend.”

The TSA’s delayed policy to allow knives into the passenger cabin has been opposed by Flight Attendants, gate agents, TSA officers, air marshals, law enforcement officers, FBI agents, pilots, passengers, 9/11 families and airlines. Nine organizations representing 400,000 members of these groups filed a legal petition with the TSA in opposition to permitting knives in the cabin, reserving their right to take legal action against implementation. Airlines for America (A4A), representing airlines such as United, US Airways, Delta, Alaska and American, joined the legal petition on May 16, 2013 stating, “… the new policy should be rescinded immediately.”

“A TSA-approved knife could be used to stab or kill a passenger, crew member, federal air marshal, gate agent or TSA Security Officer by a terrorist, mentally ill person or drug or alcohol-impaired passenger,” said the Coalition. “It would be irresponsible to relax the TSA’s existing policy on knives when virtually every organization representing those directly affected by the change adamantly opposes it on safety and security grounds.”

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Flight Attendants Protest at Houston Airport Against Knives In The Passenger Cabin

Posted on May 17, 2013

Media Advisory for May 20, 2013

Reports Indicate TSA Knives and Slow Security Will Kick Off Summer Travel Season

Washington, DC – The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions and industry stakeholders will hold a press conference Monday, May 20, 2013 at Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to continue engaging the traveling public in efforts to keep the passenger cabin free of knives that have been used as weapons. According to a recent Washington Post article “now the chatter is that the TSA may decide to put the new rules into effect over the Memorial Day weekend.”

The TSA’s delayed policy to allow knives into the passenger cabin has been opposed by Flight Attendants, gate agents, TSA officers, air marshals, law enforcement officers, FBI agents, pilots, passengers, 9/11 families and airlines. Nine organizations representing 400,000 members of these groups filed a legal petition with the TSA in opposition to permitting knives in the cabin, reserving their right to take legal action against implementation. Airlines for America (A4A), representing airlines such as United, US Airways, Delta, Alaska and American, joined the legal petition on May 16, 2013 and states “… the new policy should be rescinded immediately.”

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