Many aviation industry officials doubt that terrorists using small, sharp objects could successfully hijack a plane today, because of major changes since the Sept. 11 attacks: hardened cockpit doors, the deployment of federal air marshals on many flights, many airplane pilots carrying guns, and terrorism-conscious passengers who are more likely to quickly fight back.
Marchi, who was a senior Massport planning executive in the 1980s and 1990s, said he knew of no other airport officials who were taking Coy's position against changing the banned-items list. But because of Logan's role in 9/11, Marchi said, "It's understandable to me that an airport like Boston would have a very, very conservative view."
Markey, who serves on the congressional Homeland Security Committee, said he backs Coy. Markey's bill, dubbed the "Leave All Blades Behind Act" -- a play on the No Child Left Behind federal education act -- would maintain the current banned-items list.
Referring to the reputed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Markey said that "allowing razor-sharp scissor blades back into the passenger cabins of aircraft is a dangerous retreat. The Bush administration proposal is just asking the next Mohamed Atta to move from box cutters to scissors."