For Immediate Release: March 20, 2013
Coalition Of Flight Attendant Unions Enlists Airline
Passengers In No Knife Fight
On Thursday, March 21, Flight Attendants Begin a Series of
Leafleting Events around the Country Asking Passengers to Take
Action Against Knives on Planes
Washington, DC – The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions,
representing 90,000 Flight Attendants, will tomorrow begin a
series of leafleting events at airports around the country to
directly enlist passengers in the fight to keep knives out of
the aircraft cabin. Leaflets encourage passengers to sign the
petition to the White House at
members of Congress to support legislation to overturn TSA
Administrator Pistole’s abrupt policy change.
The leaflet says:
The new rule does not make sense for combating
potential terrorist attacks nor the daily disturbances we
handle by de-escalating conflicts or asking passengers to
help us contain problems. Aircraft cabins are fuller than
ever and Flight Attendant staffing has been cut. Introducing
knives and other weapons into these situations makes our job
harder and everyone in the cabin less safe.
It makes no sense to choose between guarding against a
hostile take-over attempt and an explosive device. We need
to ensure air travel is secured against all threats to our
safety and security.
We believe the millions who travel expect to arrive safely -
and it’s our job to ensure it. Join us in opposition to this
short-sighted, dangerous change to aviation security.
On Thursday, March 21, Flight Attendants from across
the country will be enlisting the traveling public to help keep
U.S. aviation the safest and most secure in the world.
Airport Leafleting and Local Times for Thursday, March 21:
Washington National Airport (DCA)
for Terminals A/B/C
Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am Eastern Time
International Airport (LAX)
Level – Terminals 1 and 2
Time: 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm Pacific Time
Norfolk International Airport (ORF)
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 Eastern Time
Air Marshals, Pilots,
Transportation Security Officers and airline CEOs agree with
Flight Attendants. The people on the front lines of aviation
security know this is a bad idea.
Media Contacts: Corey Caldwell, AFA-CWA,
; Jamie Horwitz, TWU, email@example.com ; Leslie Mayo, APFA,
; James Carlson, IAM, firstname.lastname@example.org ;
David White, IBT,
The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions coordinates on issues
of mutual interest to Flight Attendants. Members of the
Coalition are the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA,
Association of Professional Flight Attendants, Transport Workers
Union, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, International
Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.