American says it has 'concern' about small knives

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Associated Press

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 13 at 6:02 AM

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines has "concern" over letting passengers carry small knives on planes — but it's stopping short of opposing the idea.

American's senior vice president Will Ris said Tuesday that government officials should "reassess" changes to the banned-items list so that airlines can review new rules taking effect April 25.

Ris explained Fort Worth-based American's position in a letter to officials with the Transportation Security Administration.

Unions for flight attendants, pilots and Delta Air Lines oppose the TSA's plan.

Cockpits were made more secure since the 2001 attacks when terrorists armed with box cutters hijacked and crashed two American and two United Airlines planes.

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