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TSA’s shift to allow knives sparks debate

WASHINGTON — Flight attendants, pilots, federal air marshals, airlines, and even insurance companies are part of a growing backlash to the Transportation Security Administration’s new policy allowing passengers to carry small knives and sports equipment such as souvenir baseball bats and golf clubs onto planes.

The Flight Attendants Union Coalition, representing nearly 90,000 flight attendants, said that it is coordinating a nationwide legislative and public education campaign to reverse the policy announced by TSA Administrator John Pistole this week.

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