On March 6, 2013, I created a petition in response to the Transportation Security Administration's proposed policy that would allow small knives and other potentially lethal objects on board U.S. based commercial aircraft. As of May 2013, my petition had reached almost 16,000 signatures. The responses were overwhelming from families of 9/11 victims, family members of passengers and crew, law enforcement officials, and security personnel INCLUDING the TSA's own agents! On April 24, 2013, they had relaxed their position, and stated that they would later re-evaluate the policy. It hasn't even been a month yet! Now that the tragic Boston bombing, and the outrage has subsided from those in the airline and security industries, they seem to think that the issue has fallen by the wayside, and want to re-introduce the policy! This is outrageous and we as citizens of the United States of America cannot allow our officials, both appointed and elected, to have such power over an agency as to put the lives of millions of Americans at risk every time they travel by air. I told the newsmedia, and Change.org that I would be back if this came up again, and this time I want officials to be held accountable for their actions, starting with the resignation of TSA Administrator John Pistole, and Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano. Their blatant disregard of protests by over 60,000 flight attendants, pilots, and thousands of others in the TSA, law enforcement from the United States and around the world shall not be tolerated!
Since the issue came about, we have also learned that knife manufacturers have also had a significant impact in changing this policy. We cannot allow lobbying from this industry to corrupt our officials who are supposed to be acting in our best interest. Please sign my petition and tell the TSA once again, "NO TO KNIVES ON PLANES!"
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