Target: Head of Transportation Security Administration John Pistole
Goal: Do not allow passengers to carry any type of knife on airplanes
Recently, the Transportation Security Administration announced that the rules for banned items on airplanes would be relaxed. Among the items now permitted are small knives. While it is important to make flying comfortable for passengers, it is also important to make it safe. Many flight attendants and air marshals have said they do not feel safe without this restriction. A knife is still a weapon, and does not belong in an airplane cabin.
The TSA now allows knives with a retractable blade of 6 centimeters or fewer. Blades this small are claimed not to pose a threat. Fixed blade knives and box cutters will still not be allowed. The TSA relaxed the ban on these knives and other objects such as sports equipment in order to spend more time examining other threats such as explosives. The TSA also feels that since cockpits are locked on planes, a knife is not a threat to a pilot. However, it is still a weapon, and a threat to passengers and flight attendants.
Flight attendants and federal air marshals have spoken out against removing the ban. While an assailant with a knife will not be able to hurt the pilot of a plane, he could still significantly harm passengers and flight attendants. Air marshals have complained about how removing the ban will endanger passengers, especially because marshals themselves are not allowed to carry similar weapons. Allowing these weapons on airplanes poses a real threat to passengers and airline employees. Tell the TSA that knives should not be allowed on airplanes.
Dear Mr. Pistole:
Recently, you announced that the Transportation Security Administration would no longer ban a variety of items on airplanes. Among these items are small knives. You claimed that the knives posed no threat to the pilot, because the cockpit doors are locked in flight. Relaxing this ban supposedly gives agents more time to focus on discovering explosives. However, many people fear that allowing a weapon onto airplanes will cause even more harm.
I ask you not to allow any knives on airplanes. Even though the weapons may not pose a threat to pilots, they can be a serious threat to flight attendants and passengers. Even federal air marshals have expressed worry, as they are not allowed to carry similar weapons for defense. Allowing knives on airplanes is allowing passengers to carry weapons which can be deadly, and leaving other passengers with no defense. Do not allow knives on airplanes.
[Your Name Here]