Flight Attendants Continue To Build Momentum For Permanent Knife Ban

Apr 24, 2013, 08:05 ET from Association of Flight Attendants

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Flight Attendants will hold a press conference Wednesday, April 24 at Washington National Airport (DCA) to continue to push back against the TSA's now delayed policy to allow knives into the aircraft cabin. Flight Attendants, including the 60,000 represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), have opposed the ill-advised plan from the start and remain resolute: No Knives on Planes Ever Again.

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"We will not stand down from the fight to keep knives off planes permanently. The recent TSA announcement to delay implementation does not change our efforts. We will continue to focus on a legislative path that permanently bans knives from the cabin. We need a common sense approach to national security just like our country needs a common sense budget that maintains our nation's aviation system as the best in the world," said Veda Shook, AFA International President.

AFA International President Veda Shook will speak at the event along with other leaders in the Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions. Flight Attendants will be joined by representatives of other key aviation stakeholders:

  • Paul Hudson, Fliers Rights President;
  • Jon Adler, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association National President; and
  • David Borer, American Federation of Government Employees General Counsel, representing the 45,000 TSA Officers. 

Press Conference "No Knives, Ever Again"
Washington National Airport (DCA)
Terminal C – Departure/Ticketing Level
Inside Door 6
April 24, 2013, 12:00 pm Eastern Time

Note to Media: Media vehicles should park in the airport's public parking garage. Media bringing a live truck to the press conference should call Airports Authority Media Relations at 703-417-8370  prior to parking along the curb.

The Association of Flight Attendants is the world's largest Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 67 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions.  Nearly 60,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.

SOURCE Association of Flight Attendants