A new policy meant to ease restrictions for airline passengers is not sitting well with everyone, including flight attendants. Starting next month, the TSA will allow passengers to carry with them on board items including some types of pocket knives, which have been banned since September 11, 2001.
“The problem is introducing weapons on board,” Veda Shook, President of the Association of Flight Attendants, said Saturday on Weekends with Alex Witt. “A re-introduction of weapons on board just doesn’t make any sense.”
The TSA released this statement: “This is part of an overall risk-based security approach, which allows transportation security officers to better focus their efforts on finding higher-threat items such as explosives.”
“Flight attendants are trained to de-escalate any potential harmful situation,” Shook told msnbc’s Alex Witt. “You introduce a blade into that equation and, in fact, it could actually escalate and become a very grave and dire situation very quickly.”