Legal Petition

Airlines for America (A4A), representing airlines such as United, US Airways, Delta, Alaska and American, joins legal petition on May 16, 2013 and states “… the new policy should be rescinded immediately.”
May 6, 2013–Lawyers for nine organizations representing 400,000 aviation professionals, passengers and law enforcement officers today filed a legal petition with Transportation Security Administrator John Pistole and copied to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano seeking to rescind plans to allow knives in the aircraft cabins for the first time since 9/11.

The planned rule change is arbitrary and capricious and to implement it without using the federal rulemaking procedure would be unlawful. If TSA moves forward with this dangerous change, the petitioners reserve the right to challenge TSA in federal court. The Coalition’s legal filing is adamant: No Knives on Planes Ever Again.

The organizations signing the petition are:

- The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (flight attendants at 20 airlines, including United and US Airways)
- The American Federation of Government Employees (TSA Security Officers)
- The Association of Professional Flight Attendants (American Airlines flight attendants)
- The Allied Pilots Association (American Airlines pilots)
- The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (including the Federal Air Marshals)
- FlyersRights.org (largest airline passenger organization)
- The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (largest aviation union, including flight attendants and gate agents)
- The Teamsters – (thousands of aviation workers including pilots at Frontier, Horizon, Allegiant along with pilots and flight attendants at Republic, Net Jets, Sun Country, Trans States and World Airways)
- The Transport Workers Union (thousands of aviation workers including Southwest flight attendants)

Legal Petition to TSA