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Washington - Feds Delay Policy To Allow Small Knives On Planes

Published on: April 22, 2013 08:46 PM
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TSA (Transportation Security Administration) officials operate an x-ray machine at a security checkpoint at Washington Dulles International Airport, in Sterling, Virginia. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDSTSA (Transportation Security Administration) officials operate an x-ray machine at a security checkpoint at Washington Dulles International Airport, in Sterling, Virginia. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Washington - Federal officials say they’re delaying a policy that would allow passengers to carry small knives, bats and other sports equipment onto airliners.

The Transportation Security Administration said Monday that the policy change has been delayed to accommodate feedback from an advisory committee made up of aviation industry, consumer and law enforcement officials.

John Pistole (PIH’-stohl), head of the Transportation Security Administration, proposed the policy change last month, saying it would free up the agency to concentrate on protecting against greater threats. TSA screeners confiscate about 2,000 small folding knives from passengers every day.

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The policy was to go into effect Thursday. The TSA’s statement said the delay was temporary, but no new date for implementation was provided.

The policy has been fiercely opposed by flight attendants’ unions.


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 Apr 22, 2013 at 09:57 PM The TSA should be abolished! Says:

On 9/11/01, the terrorist hijackers (y'mach shimo) used box cutters to attack, and kill flight attendants and pilots. Now, the incompetent bureaucrats at the TSA are actually considering allowing small knives and other potential weapons, which would cause havoc to the passengers. The philosophy of the TSA seems to be "Well, as long as the pilots are protected by a steel, reinforced door, we could care less what happens to the passengers or flight attendants in the body of the plane".

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 Apr 23, 2013 at 02:58 AM alterknaker Says:

But a bottle of water no way.

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 Apr 23, 2013 at 04:26 AM Shlomo-1 Says:

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The TSA should be abolished! Says:

On 9/11/01, the terrorist hijackers (y'mach shimo) used box cutters to attack, and kill flight attendants and pilots. Now, the incompetent bureaucrats at the TSA are actually considering allowing small knives and other potential weapons, which would cause havoc to the passengers. The philosophy of the TSA seems to be "Well, as long as the pilots are protected by a steel, reinforced door, we could care less what happens to the passengers or flight attendants in the body of the plane".

Yet the actual threat from small knives, or even box cutters, is not that same as it was on 9-11. The philosophy of "go along with the hijackers" is over. In past few years, when people have acted in a threatening manner, other passengers have restrained them. So the threat of a knife-wielding terrorist is reduced because the passengers act for their collective safety.
As for the knives themselves, eliminating them doesn't eliminate the threat of bodily harm. A ballpoint pen jabbed into the neck can kill. Plastic cutlery can take out an eye. The wire from headphones can be used as a garrotte.
Pistole is right: let them focus on the bigger threats.

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 Apr 23, 2013 at 08:46 AM mewhoze Says:

everyone got used to the rules since 2001. leave it as it is.

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 Apr 23, 2013 at 10:49 AM BuckyinWisconsin Says:

They are such incompetents it makes me sick. Sure, we have a clear pattern of Muslim males between 18-35 who do all the terrorism, and they are confiscating my key chain Swiss army knife that can barely cut a hunk of cheese let alone be used as a weapon. Go after the terrorists!

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