Target: Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Goal: Don’t not allow air passengers to carry-on knives, bats, golf clubs, or other sports equipment on flights.
Should knives be allowed on planes? The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) thinks so. TSA has announced that policies concerning approved carry-on items will be amended to include folding pocket knives with blades that are 2.36 inches or less in length and no more than ½ inch wide, baseball bats less than 24 inches long, plastic bats, billiard cues, hockey and lacrosse sticks, golf clubs, ski poles, and similar sporting equipment.
TSA has decided that such items do not pose a threat of real danger to passengers and employees, and since international standards allow for such items to be carried on, TSA feels it is time for U.S. standards to meet those used by many other countries. Employees of Southwest Airlines disagree, calling the policy change “dangerous” and “shortsighted,” making the “lives of TSA staff easier, but not making flights safer.”
Many passengers and attendants feel unsafe flying with these items on board. The argument may be true that many common items, like drinking glasses or pencils, could be used as a weapon by a determined individual, however having knives readily available make violence that much more accessible.
Not only could these items be dangerous, but many individuals also feel that such items are unnecessary to carry on to a plane and that they will only make an already cramped flight that much more uncomfortable. Petition today to revoke the amendment made by TSA, in order to protect the safety and comfort of passengers and attendants on U.S. flights.
Dear John S. Pistole, TSA Administrator,
The changes being made to carry-on policies, allowing passengers to have small knives, baseball bats, and other potentially dangerous equipment on board U.S. flights, need to be revoked.
Having such items in aircraft cabins puts passengers and attendants in danger, making many feel fearful and uncomfortable with utilizing aircraft transportation. Do not allow for an unfortunate incident to occur before this policy is amended.
Revoke this policy now, before individuals are allowed to possess these potential weapons on airplanes. Take into consideration what aircraft patrons and employees are saying concerning this policy—it is an unwanted change. Protect the safety of passengers, attendants, pilots, and other employees by prohibiting these items from being carried on board domestic aircraft.
[Your Name Here]
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