Washington, DC, April 2-5, 2013 – The Coalition of
Flight Attendant Unions, representing 90,000 Flight
Attendants, continues leafleting events this week 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
www.NoKnivesOnPlanes.com and to call their
member of Congress to support the No Knives Act of 2013,
introduced by Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA) and
Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY).
WILL be allowed in our aircraft cabin on April 25 if we do not redouble our
efforts NOW. TSA Administrator Pistole is completely dug in on this. It seems
that it will take an act of Congress to get this reverse and we have no time to
133 members of the U.S. Representatives signed a letter to Administrator Pistole
urging him to withdrawal his decision to allow knives to be carried onto planes.
Now we turn our attention to bipartisan legislation introduced by Congressmen Ed
Markey (D-MA) and Michael Grimm (R-NY), H.R. 1093, the “No Knives Act of 2013.”
Dial (202) 224-3121 and ask the Capitol switchboard operator to connect you
with your Representative.
When you call state: “My name is _______ and I’m a constituent. I oppose the TSA plan to allow
knives in the aircraft cabin. I would like my Representative to co-sponsor the
No Knives Act of 2013 – bi-partisan legislation introduced by Congressmen Ed
Markey and Michael Grimm. Thank you.”
Your phone call will be answered by a member of the Representative’s staff who
will note your request. They may ask for the name of your hometown, your zip
code or your mailing address to verify you are a constituent.
And, call your Senators too and ask them to sponsor companion legislation to
H.R. 1093- No Knives Act of 2013.
Air Marshals, most pilots, Transportation Security Officers, several other unions and several airline CEOs have joined our opposition. We have also received strong support from members of Congress including these champions: Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Michael Grimm (R-NY), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Bennie Thompson (D-MS).
It’s not enough! Our petition to the White House (www.afacwa.org/NoKnivesOnPlanes) has just under
40,000 signatures as of this morning. That means it will take 3700 signatures a day to reach the required 100,000 by April 4th. We are all united on this issue. But it’s not enough to be united in opposition – we need to be united in action!
If every Flight Attendant signed the petition we would reach the minimum today.
If every Flight Attendant took responsibility for getting 10 more signatures from family and friends we would be 1 million strong!
We can do this together. The petition requires that you create an account, so it may take a few extra moments to get it done. Be persistent. A few minutes on the computer or a few hours of phone calls, submitting a letter to your local newspaper editor, postings on your Facebook page or calls to Congress could save you or someone you love from the lifetime of grief experienced by the families of September 11, 2001.
Send a Letter to the Editor
Members of Congress have their staff read the letters to the editor of their local papers daily to help determine what is important to their constituents. One of the best ways to spread our message locally and have an impact on our efforts in Washington, DC is to get your letter published.
Please take a moment to review these sample Letters to the Editor or write your own and get your letter published in your local paper. Then, let us know about it! Send the link to your letter to email@example.com.
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