The head of the Transportation Safety Administration faced tough questions from lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Thursday about his plan to allow some knives back on planes. And that’s not all.
The “No Knives Act” moves to stop the new TSA policy from taking effect as planned on April 25.
Last week, the TSA released new guidelines that will allow travelers to bring small knives, souvenir baseball bats, golf clubs, hockey sticks and other sports gear on planes.
U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) was appalled by the revelation that an undercover inspector with a bomb in his pants got through two checkpoints at Newark-Liberty International Airport and was cleared to get on a plane.
The Transportation Security Administration would not disclose the make-up of the mock bomb, but if it was real it could have blown a hole large enough to bring a plane down, experts said.
The head of the Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday that air passengers will now be allowed to carry folding knives with blades that are 2.36 inches or less.
Box cutters, larger blades and knives with molded handles will still be banned from carry-on luggage.
The “sequester” is now the law of the land, with President Barack Obama having signed the order Friday night that triggered $85 billion in mandated budget cuts.
“If you think there were long lines before, you’re not going to be able to imagine what it’s going to be when we have the furloughs,” the Transportation Security Administration’s Justin Bourque told WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell.
An American Airlines employee apparently took the pair through a “back way,” bypassing security in order to help them make their connecting domestic flight.
Agents found the loaded .45 caliber pistol when the Cancun-bound man’s items were going through a metal detector Monday.
A security checkpoint was briefly shut down at Newark Liberty International Airport Sunday, after officials discovered that a bottle of liquid had passed through without being screened properly.
TSA, Passengers Exercise Vigilance As Potential For Terror Attack Increases During Winter Holiday Season
As the holidays approach an increase in passengers could also mean a greater chance for a terrorist attack, especially against an airplane, according to the TSA.
The man was set to fly to the Dominican Republic. Instead, Port Authority Police arrested him.
Sean Henry, 32, of Brooklyn was nabbed in a sting operation using decoy bags, police said.