Another airline executive is speaking out on a plan by federal regulators to allow passengers to bring small knives into the cabin of commercial planes.
The TSA announced last week plans to let passengers carry small folding knives -- with blades no more than 2.36 inches long and 1/2 inch wide -- into the cabin of a commercial plane, starting April 25. It is the biggest relaxation of the list of prohibited items since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The TSA has defended the policy change, saying it brings U.S. airlines in alignment with international security standards and frees airport screeners to spend more time searching for serious threats, such as explosives.
But Park asked TSA Administrator John Pistole to reconsider the change that "might place our flight attendants' safety at risk." He also said the TSA should have discussed allowing knives in the cabin with flight attendants and pilots before announcing the decision.
Also starting April 25, the TSA will allow passengers to carry on golf clubs, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks, pool cues and novelty bats.
"We think it's a bad idea,” said Joseph Strickland, head of aviation for the Americas at insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty. "We don’t think it's in the interest of the traveling public and their flight crew.”
Pistole is expected to defend the new policy before a congressional committee Thursday.