Starting April 25, TSA will stop confiscating pocket knives with blades shorter than 6cm. They'll also allow ski poles on board which, by extension, implies trekking poles carried by you hippie hiker-types. Relaxing the golf club thing I could do without.
Oh that's great!! I feel simply naked without my swiss army pocket knife. Up till now I have had to make sure it was packed in the suitcase that is checked in, now I may have it on me as usual. Well that is when the same rules are applied in Europe, but usually they are identical.
The blades on the box cutters used by the 9-11 terrorists were less than 6 cm long; a short, sharp blade can do a lot of damage. I can understand their concern.
The reason that box cutters worked on 9/11 was because of a different view at that time - cooperate with the hijackers. A paradigm shift occurred starting with UA93. Now with hardened cockpit doors and refusal to accede to hijackers, box cutters would not be successful.
For years, scissors with blades up to four inches have been permitted on planes. Pull them apart and you have two sharp knives, yet blood has not been flowing down the aisles.
Read that this morning, OM. I remember the days of wearing a Leatherman on my belt in an airplane, no problem. There are so many improvise-able weapons possible on an airplane, and a 2" knife blade concerns them? While you can have 3" scissors! Not understanding the logic here.
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