TSA: DO NOT allow knives on airplanes!
  • Petitioned John S. Pistole

This petition was delivered to:

Administrator, Transportation Security Administration
John S. Pistole
North Carolina
Sen. Richard Burr
North Carolina
Sen. Kay Hagan

TSA: DO NOT allow knives on airplanes!

    1. Ian Funderburg
    2. Petition by

      Ian Funderburg

      Charlotte, NC

April 2013


After thousands of people spoke out against the Transportation Security Authority's proposal to lift the ban prohibiting passengers from bringing knives on planes, the agency announced it would indefinitely postpone the decision. Thousands of flight attendants, crew members, pilots, and passengers joined Ian Funderburg's campaign.

Ian says, "Thank you to everyone -- crew members, passengers, family and friends of those who have been affected by past tragedies, for your outstanding support in the effort to keep knives off of airplanes! The tragic events at the Boston Marathon are a grave reminder of the important role we all play in keeping people safe. The TSA is doing the right thing by keeping this rule against knives in place. Please, continue to write or call your representatives to support the No Knives Act and show them we mean business! Thank you again."

I am a flight attendant and this news outrages me: the Transportation Security Administration just announced rollbacks of security rules -- allowing pocket knives to be carried on US planes, starting April 25. This policy would affect the safety and well-being of FLIGHT CREWS and PASSENGERS.

This decision must be reversed to protect EVERYONE. Unions representing flight attendants and pilots and passenger rights groups are speaking out against this. A flight attendants union with Southwest Airlines called the new policy "dangerous" and "shortsighted," saying it was designed to make "the lives of TSA staff easier, but not make flights safer."

Veda Shook, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, told the Wall Street Journal: "This is a step back in time by allowing weapons on-board aircraft." In addition to being a potential weapon for terrorists, she said, "if someone gets inebriated on board, then these knives can be wielded as a weapon."

Gregg Overman, a spokesman for the Allied Pilots Assn., the union that represents pilots from American Airlines, told the Los Angeles Times that the announcement caught him by surprise. "It represents a significant step backward in security."

And check out this comment that was just posted on my petition by K Leeder:

“this is so sickening and unacceptable. One of my dear friends, had her throat slit with a knife on flight 93!! How dare you put all us flight attendants back into danger by allowing knives back on the airplanes??? This is despicable that you would do this..it will make our airplanes less safe, and we want to have you reconsider this and throw it out. NO KNIVES and or any other weapons needed!!! PLEASE!”

Knives do NOT belong on planes! Tell the TSA: Protect your fellow Americans, do the right thing and get rid of this policy!

Recent signatures


    1. Temporary VICTORY vs. the TSA. Sadly to say Boston brings awareness...

      Ian Funderburg
      Petition Organizer

      Here is an article published by the LA Times on a temporary decision by TSA Admin. Pistole to delay his ruling on allowing knives on planes!


    2. Security for airline workers and passengers soon to be a thing of the past

      Ian Funderburg
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Supporters,

      In light of the recent events in Boston, I wanted to remind you that little time remains until the TSA reintroduces the very weapons we as crew members and passengers fear will re-create another senseless tragedy in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. These tragic events remind us that we must remain vigilant against threats of all types. Still, September 11, the atrocity that occured in Boston appears not to have been lesson enough for one man, TSA Administrator John Pistole, and one woman - Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary, who wield tremendous power in this matter. There is no "good" time to allow knives on board commercial aircraft.

      We have also learned that several knife manufacturers played an instrumental role in this policy change, and who have gloated about their closed-door meetings with top TSA officials to allow knives on board. I reject the notion that our safety as crew and passengers would be compromised in order for the knife policy to

    3. 20 Year Old Injures 15 people in STABBING Spree at Lone Star College

      Ian Funderburg
      Petition Organizer

      This article should serve as yet another reminder to TSA policy makers that knives have no place in an enclosed aircraft cabin. We can subdue an assailant, but why let it happen at all? Call your local representatives to sponsor the bipartisan bill to prevent this from happening!!

      Suspect in Texas college stabbings had dreams

      Suspect in Texas college stabbings had dreams of success, bloodshed, some say

      (CNN) -- Dylan Quick overcame a childhood disability and had big plans for the future. But on Tuesday, the 20-year-old student went on a stabbing spree on his Texas college campus, authorities said. By the time campus police took him into custody, 14 people had been injured at Lone Star College.

    4. Reached 15,000 signatures
    5. Reached 10,000 signatures
    6. We are on USA Today!

      Ian Funderburg
      Petition Organizer
      Flight crews warn knives could add to air rage threat

      Policy change leaves crew members worried about weakening a layer of protection in the security blanket for flights. TSA officer Robert Howard signals an airline passenger forward at a security checkpoint at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

    7. Reached 9,000 signatures
    8. Delta CEO Criticizes move allowing knives on aircraft

      Ian Funderburg
      Petition Organizer

      While John Pistole and the TSA still have their heels dug firmly in the ground, they only make it worse for themselves!

      In a Friday interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Delta Airlines CEO Richard Anderson criticized the decision to allow small pocket knives on board aircraft.

      "These items have been banned for more than 11 years and will add little value to the customer security process flow in relation to the additional risk for our cabin staff and customers," Anderson wrote in a letter to the TSA.

      Finally, the support we deserve, coming from someone at the top of the playing field in the airline industry. Log on to CNN to read the full article.


      Delta CEO criticizes move allowing small knives on airplanes

      This presentation outlines changes to the Transportation Security Administration's prohibited items list. Some small knives will be allowed in carry-on luggage starting in April. (CNN) -- Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson said Friday he objects to the federal Transportation Security Administration's move this week to allow small pocketknives on airplanes.

    9. Reached 8,000 signatures
    10. Even more unbelievable Airline Pilots Association Supports TSA Decision!

      Ian Funderburg
      Petition Organizer

      According to an article posted on nbcnews.com, "the Air Line Pilots Association has come out in support of the TSA’s change, issuing a statement that read, “ALPA supports TSA efforts to streamline security and shift focus to individuals who intend to do harm. This will standardize TSA policy with the international community. Common sense risk-based security screen initiatives, like known crewmember and pre-check, are the answer to protecting our nation’s air transportation system. These TSA initiatives increase resources for screening so that they focus on the real security threats
      instead of objects.”

      How very unfortunate and disheartening this news is. We are the last line of defense in the cabin, and often times need their support in making safe decisions in the cabin. Whether it be the removal of a passenger or assessing turblent conditions for service, we need their support to have a larger impact in changing this policy.

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    11. Reached 7,500 signatures
    12. March 5 Report on ABC Nightline

      Ian Funderburg
      Petition Organizer

      Last night when this story hit the national news circuit, during a report about the controversy, David Curry stated, "The change will allow officers to concentrate on more serious threats", and "they hope these changes will help these lines move a little quicker"....REALLY? Get real TSA!

    13. Reached 2,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • jimmila jantz FAIRVIEW, OR
      • over 1 year ago

      I fly several times a year and do not want to worry about the possibility that someone will be attacked by a nut with a knife.

    • Erin Fortunato PITTSBURGH, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a frequent traveler. Allowing knives back on planes is irresponsible and quite frankly terrifying.

      • over 1 year ago

      Insanity to allow knives !!

    • Elizabeth Calhoun SCHROON LAKE, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Because we travel by plane at least 2- 3 times a month, and do not want this hazard to worry about every time we fly. TOO DANGEROUS - and dangerous especially to employees who work for airlines!

    • Pat Vaughan CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      I have family members who serve as flight attendants and even if I didn't I agree there should be no knives on airplanes because of what happened on 9/11/2001.


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