Schumer: TSA must reverse decision on allowing dangerous items

Schumer: TSA must reverse decision on allowing dangerous items

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

A former TSA agent describes the work of his former coworkers at area airports as "major mistakes."

This as the controversy about the TSA's decision to allow small knives on planes grows. 

There are new questions and a growing controversy over airport security and just how effective they really are -- now lawmakers are vowing to take action. 

It was a stunning reversal by the TSA to allow knives and other previously banned items like bats in carry-on luggage starting April 25. The TSA says it's so they can focus on higher risk items like explosives – but Senator Charles Schumer is not buying it. 

"While it's true that pilots are safe, locked behind cockpit doors, these dangerous items still pose a significant hazard to the flight crew, other passengers, and even the integrity of the plane," said Schumer. "These items are dangerous, and have not become less so in the years since they were banned from planes. And with the major security breach at Newark this weekend, now is not the time for reduced vigilance, or to place additional burdens on TSA agents who should be looking for dangerous items, not wasting time measuring the length of a knife blade."  

Schumer's asking the TSA to keep the ban in place, but Congressman Peter King sees no problem with lifting the ban in place – but does have other security concerns. Especially after the TSA's own undercover agent was able to sneak a fake bomb through two checkpoints completely undetected last month. 

Congressman King wants answers from the TSA director. 

"That's disgraceful … it can possibly be a disaster," said King.

Passengers weighed in on the security test breach failure. 

"That's frustrating and it can be pretty terrifying." 

And others are getting involved with this issue. The union representing 90,000 flight attendants is launching a campaign to encourage the TSA to keep knives off the planes.

  • New York State NewsNew York State NewsMore>>

  • Suffolk County jail warden is highest-paid muni worker in NY

    Suffolk County jail warden is highest-paid muni worker in NY

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:48:14 GMT
    New York State NewsNew York State News
    The Empire Center for Public Policy reports 1,803 local government employees outside of New York City have been paid more than Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $179,000 salary in the past year. The report from the fiscally conservative group for the year ending March 31 shows 47 of the 50 highest-paid municipal employees working for police departments or sheriff's offices and each taking home more than $250,000.
    The Empire Center for Public Policy reports 1,803 local government employees outside of New York City have been paid more than Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $179,000 salary in the past year. The report from the fiscally conservative group for the year ending March 31 shows 47 of the 50 highest-paid municipal employees working for police departments or sheriff's offices and each taking home more than $250,000.
  • Police officer rescues toddler from Erie Canal

    Police officer rescues toddler from Erie Canal

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:43 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:43:41 GMT
    New York State NewsNew York State News
    A police officer is being credited with rescuing a 3-year-old boy from the Erie Canal in central New York. Police in the Seneca County village of Waterloo tell local media that they were called to a home Wednesday afternoon by a neighbor who noticed the 3-year-old and his 4-year-old brother unattended in her backyard. When officers arrived, the boys' father had caught up with his 4-year-old son but the younger boy was nowhere to be seen.
    A police officer is being credited with rescuing a 3-year-old boy from the Erie Canal in central New York. Police in the Seneca County village of Waterloo tell local media that they were called to a home Wednesday afternoon by a neighbor who noticed the 3-year-old and his 4-year-old brother unattended in her backyard. When officers arrived, the boys' father had caught up with his 4-year-old son but the younger boy was nowhere to be seen.
  • Ailing firefighter gets 340 T-shirts from comrades

    Ailing firefighter gets 340 T-shirts from comrades

    A Buffalo-area volunteer firefighter battling leukemia won't have to buy T-shirts any time soon.
    A Buffalo-area volunteer firefighter battling leukemia won't have to buy T-shirts any time soon.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices