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Democratic Rep. Markey steps up pressure on TSA to keep ban on knives on planes.

Wednesday - 3/13/2013, 7:29am  ET

BOSTON (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Ed Markey is stepping up pressure on the Transportation Security Administration to abandon its new policy that will allow passengers to carry small folding knives onto planes.

The Massachusetts Democrat held up a Swiss army knife at Boston's Logan International Airport when he announced today that he is filing legislation that would prevent the TSA from implementing the policy starting April 25.

Markey cites opposition from flight attendants, pilots and federal law enforcement officers. Flight attendants and pilots at the new conference say the small knives could be very dangerous and baseball bats could make conflicts inside planes more dangerous.

Markey is a candidate in the state's special U.S. Senate election to fill the seat vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry.

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270-a-08-(Captain Steve Sevier, U.S. Airways pilot and chairman, security committee, U.S. Airline Pilots Association, in news conference at Boston's Logan International Airport)-"an inch long"-Airline pilot Steve Sevier, who heads the U.S. Airline Pilots Association's security committee, says even a small knife can do a lot of damage. (12 Mar 2013)

<> 00:08 "an inch long"

269-a-14-(Sara Nelson, United Airlines flight attendant and international vice president, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, in news conference at Boston's Logan International Airport)-"in those scenarios"-Flight attendant association spokesperson Sara Nelson says flight attendants deal with altercations on board nearly every day. (12 Mar 2013)

<> 00:14 "in those scenarios"

268-a-12-(Congressman Ed Markey, D-Mass., speaking at news conference at Boston's Logan International Airport)-"should do both"-Congressman Ed Markey says he doesn't buy the TSA's argument. (12 Mar 2013)

<> 00:12 "should do both"

267-a-13-(Congressman Ed Markey, D-Mass., speaking at news conference at Boston's Logan International Airport)-"to devastating consequences"-Congressman Ed Markey says the TSA is making a mistake with their new policy on knives. (12 Mar 2013)

<> 00:13 "to devastating consequences"


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