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Rep. Markey heading to Logan to call for knife ban

March 12, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Edward Markey is planning a Logan Airport press conference to call on the Transportation Security Administration to abandon its new policy allowing passengers to carry small knives onto planes.

Markey is urging the TSA not to implement the policy, citing the opposition of flight attendants and federal law enforcement officers.

Markey will be joined by flight attendants at the 10 a.m. press conference at Logan Tuesday.

The Malden Democrat is a candidate in the state’s special U.S. Senate election.

The policy goes into effect April 25. It will also allow passengers to include in their carry-on luggage novelty-size baseball bats less than 24 inches long, toy plastic bats, billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and two golf clubs.

Items like box cutters and razor blades are still prohibited.

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