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Flight Attendant Union Submits Congressional Testimony On Dangers of Knives In-Flight

Posted on Apr 11, 2013

Washington, DC – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) today submitted official testimony for the House Transportation Security Subcommittee hearing on the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) risk based security. Today’s hearing is meant to focus on a “stakeholder’s perspective.” However, the majority members of the committee have failed to include the Flight Attendant experience on the testimony panel. Nevertheless, in addition to submitting written testimony, Flight Attendants will be there in uniform to help keep the focus on the reckless policy change to allow knives back in the aircraft cabin.

“It is critical that we recognize the dangerous scenario of a small knife in the wrong hands within the confines of the enclosed aircraft cabin and closely seated passengers traveling at thousands of feet in the air. This abrupt policy change does not make sense for combating potential terrorist attacks nor the daily disturbances we handle in aircraft cabins that are fuller than ever, while Flight Attendant staffing has been cut.  On a daily basis, Flight Attendants address, de-escalate, and when necessary, direct other passengers to help contain disturbances on the aircraft,” said AFA International President Veda Shook in her testimony.

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Homeland Security Subcommittee Conducts Aviation Security Hearing Without Flight Attendant Experience

Posted on Apr 8, 2013

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Key Stakeholder Perspective Missing at TSA Policy Hearing

Washington, DC – The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions, representing nearly 90,000 Flight Attendants, questions the validity of an aviation security hearing focused on the ‘perspectives of stakeholders’ that fails to include the experience of our nation’s Flight Attendants. A representative of America’s Flight Attendants will not testify before the House Transportation Security Subcommittee’s upcoming hearing entitled: “TSA’s Efforts to Advance Risk-Based Security: Stakeholder Perspectives.” The hearing is scheduled to be held on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 1:00pm.

Flight Attendants are particularly concerned about TSA Administrator John Pistole’s recent announcement of a forthcoming policy change to allow knives through airport security for the first time since the terrorist attacks of 9/11. The policy is set to take effect on April 25.

In the years since those horrific attacks, the Flight Attendant role as aviation’s first responders has come to include the final layer of security on board the aircraft. Despite this crucial role, Administrator Pistole did not consult Flight Attendants prior to announcing his sweeping policy change. In a hearing last month, Administrator Pistole admitted that he “could have done a better job bringing [stakeholders] in earlier” to TSA’s decision-making process.

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Flight Attendants Enlist Passengers In ‘Knife Fight’ At Airports Nationwide

Posted on Apr 4, 2013

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Washington, DC – The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions, representing 90,000 Flight Attendants, continues leafleting events this week at airports around the country to directly enlist passengers in the fight to keep knives out of the aircraft cabin. Leaflets encourage passengers to sign the petition to the White House at NoKnivesOnPlanes.com and to call their member of Congress to support the No Knives Act of 2013, introduced by Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA) and Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY).

Airport Leafleting and Local Times for Friday, April 5:

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Flight Attendants Request Seat At ‘Stakeholder’ Security Meeting

Posted on Apr 3, 2013

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Washington, DC) – The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions, representing nearly 90,000 Flight Attendants, welcomed news from the House Subcommittee on Transportation Security of an upcoming hearing titled: “TSA’s Efforts to Advance Risk-Based Security: Stakeholder Perspectives.” The hearing is scheduled to be held on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 1:00pm.

In a letter to subcommittee Chairman Richard Hudson, the Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions requested the opportunity to testify on the hearing’s witness panel regarding the critical functions Flight Attendants perform in the day-to-day effort to secure America’s aviation system and the role Flight Attendants should play in the formation of transportation security policy.

In a hearing last month, TSA Administrator John Pistole attempted to defend his decision to allow knives and other dangerous items on board US airplanes beginning April 25. In his testimony, Mr. Pistole admitted that he “could have done a better job bringing [stakeholders] in earlier” to TSA’s decision-making process.

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Flight Attendants Enlist Passengers In ‘Knife Fight’ At Airports Nationwide

Posted on Apr 2, 2013

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Washington, DC
– The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions, representing 90,000 Flight Attendants, continues leafleting events this week at airports around the country to directly enlist passengers in the fight to keep knives out of the aircraft cabin. Leaflets encourage passengers to sign the petition to the White House at NoKnivesOnPlanes.com
and to call their member of Congress to support the No Knives Act of 2013, introduced by Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA) and Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY).

Airport Leafleting and Local Times for Tuesday, April 3-5:

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