ANN Looks Into The Relaxing Of TSA Carry-On Guidelines
As was reported in Aero-News,
last Friday TSA Director Edmund "Kip" Hawley (file photo, right)
announced the agency will relax its screening guidelines on certain
items that have not been allowed in the cabin of a passenger
airliner since 9/11.
"I am convinced, that the time now spent searching bags for
small scissors and tools can be better utilized to focus on the far
more dangerous threat of explosives," said Hawley at last week's
press conference announcing the new guidelines.
Hawley cites the increased threat to aircraft from explosives --
and the decreased danger, the agency says, from terrorists
attempting another 9/11-style attack -- as the reasons behind the
allowance of small tools and scissors back into the cabin.
Screeners' efforts can be better utilized in the detection of IEDs
being brought onboard an aircraft, says Hawley in today's Aero-News
Special Report, instead of searching a bag for a pair of
Mike Flores, president of the US Airway's flight attendants
union, disagrees adamantly with Hawley's decision.
"It's about money, and about passenger inconvenience," says
Flores. While the TSA does need to respond to all threats
presented, he says, it should not be at the expense of established
rules -- especially as any sharp object allowed into the cabin
places flight attendants at risk.
"I can't see that Kip Hawley's assessment of risk with a 7-inch
screwdriver impaled in my neck is not worthy of their protection,"
Flores says, as counterpoint to Hawley's remarks. We present both
arguments in today's Aero-News Special Report Aero-Cast.
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