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TSA Starts Allowing Small Knives on Flights

Andre34 Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 3:54 PM
While a new box cutter blade contained within the handle is approximately six inchs long, you onlly need about an inch and a half of exposed blade to slit a throat any more than that you risk breaking the blade. Some one please explain to me why the TSA thinks that a 2 inch pocket knife blade is less dangerous than a box cutter??
Mark in CA Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 5:06 PM
The_Nerd_Warrior Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 5:11 PM
Could someone tell me when grown men started wetting their pants at the thought of a pocketknife?

Tell you what. Ban fists, teeth, hands, and digits. Oh, and luggage... some of those can be wicked blunt weapons.

It's very simple: when your fellow passengers start forcing their way into the cockpit, stop them. Those with a will to live outnumber those with a will to crash the plane by an order of magnitude.

And change your pants.
SugarLandSteve Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 5:21 PM
Evidently nobody taught the nitwits at tsa that ANYTHING can be used as a weapon.

None of them had ever been in a bar-room brawl, I suppose.
Joseph64 Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 4:03 PM
Remember the days when nearly every kid owned a pen knife? We never heard of an instance where an 8 year old went on a murder spree in his second grade class with one.
SugarLandSteve Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 5:02 PM
You are referring to the time when (more often than not) boys were raised by Dads to become men.

In what will be viewed as another post-sequestration sacrifice, the Transport Security Administration will begin to permit small pocket knives, baseball bats, and other sports equipment onboard commercial flights starting April 25th. TSA head John Pistole defended the administration’s decision, explaining the need to reduce banned items and decrease wait times.

Proponents argue that there have been significant changes in air travel since 9/11, including reinforced pilot doors and motivated passengers. Douglas Laird, a former security director of Northwest Air, believes the damage that could be inflicted by a small knife is negligible, in a quote from USA Today: