The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has decided to let airline passengers carry small pocket knives. The rule change will take effect April 25.
It is now deemed safe to bring on a plane the following objects: pocket knives with blades no longer than 2.26 inches, up to two golf clubs, souvenir baseball bats less than 24 inches, and hockey and lacrosse clubs. There is still a ban on box cutters like the ones used by the 9/11 hijackers.
TSA officials figure they can save money if they don’t have to screen for those items.
This stupid idea is due to sequestration budget cuts. TSA faces a hiring freeze on airport security screeners and cutbacks on overtime.
John Pistole, chief of the TSA, insists the change is safe.
“A small pocket knife is simply not going to result in the catastrophic failure of an aircraft,” he testified.
That’s not the way I see it. I believe air travel will now be more dangerous because Congress can’t balance the federal budget.
This is the reason why government agencies like the TSA shouldn’t exist. They determine what is safe or not safe based on how much money they can or can’t spend.
People should have a real choice. They could chose to use an airline that has fewer security restrictions or one with stricter measures.
If something goes wrong on a flight, the airline and not the government would have to answer for its wrongdoing.
Obviously, airline companies don’t want this. They love things the way they are. After all, they aren’t the ones paying for security screeners.
If responsibility for passenger safety was in their hands, you can be damn sure they would hire the best people possible for security screening positions.
If they dropped the ball, they would be the ones paying the price.
When I get on a plane, I want to feel safe.
When people are allowed to carry knives on a plane, that feeling will no longer exist.
Hernandez cares about the safety and freedom of all Americans, and wants air travel to be safe for everyone.
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