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The Association of Professional Flight Attendants has released a Thursday letter from Mike Low, father of American Airlines flight attendant Sara Elizabeth Low, opposing the Transportation Security Administration’s plans to allow small knives on flights.

Sara Low was working American’s Flight 11 that departed Boston for Los Angeles the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. The flight was hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center in New York City. She and everyone else aboard died.

“I understand that the justification for your new policy is to expedite and make more convenient the security process at airports. I can see no improvement in time or effort required, as under your new edict the inspectors will, instead of simply confiscating a knife, now have to stop, look, measure and probably argue about the legality of the knife,” Low said in the letter, also signed by other members of his family.

“You have gained little or nothing and again put the flight crews and passengers more at risk. The terrorists have to be laughing at how naïve our government continues to be,” he said.

He also noted the case last week in which a French citizen entered the cockpit of a US Airways jet in Philadelphia and took a seat there as the aircraft was preparing to depart for Florida.

“Yes, he was discovered while the plane was still parked, but he could have locked himself in with the pilots, attacked them with a knife, and done something terrible to or with that aircraft,” Low wrote.

Keep reading for the entire letter.

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