The Cycle | March 08, 2013
>>> drum roll , please. and the award for the terrible horrible no good very bood what were you thinking idea of the week goes to the tsa. this week the tsa announced starting april 25th , they will allow small knives onto airplanes. what?
>> you can't be serious, man. you cannot be serious!
>> stop the insanity!
>> who thinks what we need in the air is more weapons easily available for stress come pretsed frustrated, tired, sometimes tipsy travelers? what could possibly go wrong in sure the vast majority of americans will be responsible but flight attendants will tell you they deal with unruly passengers every day and they're rightly protesting this bone-headed change as is the federal law enforcement officers association. and how long until the nra get in and says, hey, air travelers being unarmed is a threat to their civil liberties . most of the policy change makes sense. now you can bring on board souvenir baseball bats , pool cues, golf clubs , but still no box cutters , no razor blades , no knives that don't fold and no water from outside because stuff. some said the change to allow small pocket knives comes because they're not dangerous. oh. others said small knives are hard for the tsa to detect. so allowing them lowers the tsa's failure rate. oh, that, boys and girls , is what you call moving the goalposts. the tsa's job is to make us safer. this does not do that. and frankly it contributes to my sense that they're doing this sort of kabuki theater or security theater . the faa is also not keeping us safer with the absurd continuation of the ban on using electronic devices during takeoff and landing. why can i read a book, a printed book, but not an ereader? because it emits electrodes? oh, okay, but skin t.i.p.s.s have demonstrated repeatedly that the electronic emissions from our devices is so minimal it can't possibly have an impact on a plane. perpetuating this irrational fear only adds to the tension inside the cockpit -- in the cabin. on a flight to boise a 68-year-old man named russell martin punched a 15-year-old in the arm after the kid refused to turn off his iphone. martin told the arresting officer he felt he was protecting the entire plane. he was not. thankfully he didn't have a small knife with which to shank the boy into submission, aka human airplane mode. the next time you fly the unfriendly skies, just know the person next to you might be armed and irrationally afraid. have a nice flight. that does