Flight crews, Air Marshals protest TSA knives on planes

Flight crews, Air Marshals protest TSA knives on planes

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on March 14, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 11:41 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- At Charlotte-Douglas International Airport Thursday night, Angie and Greg Breeden had just put their son on a flight to Minnesota.

They had heard about the plan by the chief of the Transportation Security Administration to once again allow small knives to be carried onto planes.

They were not happy.

"I don't think it is a good idea...because it is still dangerous and you never know what people are going to do with them," said Angie.

In Washington, John Pistole, the Administrator of the TSA, was met with skepticism when he told a congressional committee that his decision to allow small knives was solid and would stand.

U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat from Texas, held a small knife and said to Pistole, "These cause bleeding. These cause injury. These can cause a terrible tragedy."

On 9/11 hijackers with box cutters took over four aircraft. Since then, all knives have been banned from U.S. flights.

Flight attendants who demonstrated outside the Capitol Thursday afternoon said they wanted it to stay that way.

"We all know that anyway you slice it, a knife like this is a weapon and it doesn't belong on an airplane," said Laura Gladding, the President of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants.

Under the new regulations that are scheduled to take effect April 25, box cutters and knives with fixed blades that lock will still be banned and passengers will still have to take off their shoes.

Pistole told the committee, "The threat to aviation is from non metallic improvised explosive devices such as the liquid explosive plot we saw in the U.K. in 2006."

Some passengers at Charlotte-Douglas said they would just not feel comfortable knowing another passenger could be carrying a knife, no matter how small.

Charity Debose stopped on her way to her gate to say, "That is really not safe to carry knives on a plane because you never know what someone would do."

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