Lawmakers are attempting to overturn the Transportation Security Administration's recent decision to let commercial air passengers carry small knives and some other formerly banned items onto planes.
Calling it the "No Knives Act," a bipartisan pair of lawmakers want to stop the agency from allowing such items as small knives, toy bats, hockey sticks and pool cues on planes for the first time since the September 11, 2001 attack.
"There is no reason for a passenger to have a knife on a plane," said Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., who proposed the bill along with Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y. "Allowing knives on planes puts our flight attendants, pilots and passengers at greater risk."
If the rule stands, knives with retractable blades shorter than 6 centimeters (2.36 inches) and narrower than 1/2 inch would be allowed on planes starting April 25.
TSA officials say the new rule is "part of an overall risk-based security approach, which allows transportation security officers to better focus their efforts on finding higher-threat items such as explosives."