Wednesday, November 30, 2005

OK to Bring Nail-Trimmers on Planes!!

A little evidence that common sense may exist, someplace:

A new plan by the Transportation Security Administration would allow airline passengers to bring scissors and other sharp objects in their carry-on bags because the items no longer pose the greatest threat to airline security, according to sources familiar with the plans.

In a series of briefings this week, TSA Director Edmund S. "Kip" Hawley told aviation industry leaders that he plans to announce changes at airport security checkpoints that would allow scissors less than four inches long and tools, such as screwdrivers, less than seven inches long, according to people familiar with the TSA's plans. These people spoke on condition of anonymity because the TSA intends to make the plans public Friday.

Not to worry: the Common Sense germ has not struck everywhere:

"TSA needs to take a moment to reflect on why they were created in the first place -- after the world had seen how ordinary household items could create such devastation," said Corey Caldwell, spokeswoman for the Association of Flight Attendants, which has more than 46,000 members. "When weapons are allowed back on board an aircraft, the pilots will be able to land the plane safety but the aisles will be running with blood."

Actually, Corey, if ALL the passengers are "armed" with cute little scissors, the bad-guy passengers may think twice. Similarly, Corey, if law-abiding citizens were carrying concealed weapons (or even if your MEMBERSHIP were carrying concealed, Corey) the goblins would think twice.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I had to take a flight with my 4 month old boy, who for medical reasons could not nurse, so I used a hospital breast pump (it's not your typical hand-held pump). They made me explain how it worked and started messing with all the settings and tried to take the thing apart.
They stopped this when I asked them if they wanted me to demonstrate how it worked.
I for one, am glad they are calming down a little.
I agree with your gun solution, too.