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Senators back flight attendants in banning knives on planes

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GUAM lawmakers yesterday expressed full support to a resolution banning knives on planes after hearing testimony from flight attendants at a public hearing convened by Speaker Judith Won Pat and Sen. Tina Muña-Barnes yesterday.

Resolution 98 was introduced by Won Pat and Muña-Barnes in support of the Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions and other groups who voiced their opposition to the policy change made by the Transportation Security Administration on allowing knives on planes.

The directive, which would take effect on April 25, would allow knives with blades that are 2.36 inches or less in length and less than half an inch wide on planes, according to a Reuters report.

However, razors, box cutters or knives with a fixed blade are still not allowed on board.

Sen. Aline Yamashita said the whole issue reminds them of the importance of stakeholder leadership.

“It is unfortunate that such a huge policy issue is being moved forward without including or embracing, or bringing to the table those who are actually carrying out the policy,” Yamashita said.

The senator said she applauds the flight attendants for their courage in bringing out the issue.

Sen. Michael F.Q. San Nicolas has also expressed support for the resolution, saying the issue of knives on planes is a sensitive one.

But what struck the senator most, he said, are the statements about families and children and how exposing the flight crew to these objects “runs the risk of them not being able to go home to their children, to their families.”

According to Reuters, the TSA directive caused outrage from flight attendants who said the decision would endanger passengers and crew.

TSA spokesman David Castelveter said the “decision 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."

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