Sunday, March 10, 2013

KNIVES ON AIR PLANES NOW: A Good or Bad Thing

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 YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might reach your life's destination better if you understand
 THE  TSA SYSTEM IS INSANE BUT WE MUST NOT
LET SANITY STAND IN THE WAY OF AIRPORT SECURITY - Dave Barry  

THE THING I MISS MOST ABOUT AIR FORCE ONE
IS THAT THEY DIDN'T LOSE MY LUGGAGE - George H. W. Bush

The Transportation Security System (TSA) banded from air planes after the September 11, 2001 Terrorist attack, small knives and an array of sporting equipment.  That ruling will be reversed as of April 25, 2013.

A reader asked my opinion.

ILLEGAL
LEGAL

HILLARY CLINTON SAID ON CBS THAT SHE "WOULD NOT  SUBMIT
TO A PAT DOWN" TO WHICH BILL CLINTON SAID
"TELL ME ABOUT IT".  - Jay Leno  

Knives are limited to blades 2.36" or shorter and less than 1/2" wide, as long as the blade is not fixed or locked into place.  Razor blades and box cutters still not permitted.  Restrictions on cigarette lighters and matches have also been lifted.


LEGAL ON AIR PLANES AFTER APRIL 25, 2013
NOW, I ASK YOU, WHICH LOOKS TO BE THE MOST DANGEROUS WEAPON?

Although Homeland Security now believes that the reinforced cockpit doors and better intelligence make this strict prohibition unnecessary.  

AIR MARSHALS, THE ASSOCIATION OF FLIGHT ATTENDANTS, REPRESENTING 90,000 FLIGHT ATTENDANTS AND DELTA AIRLINE CEO,
RICHARD ANDERSON, ALL DISAGREE.

THE STRENGTH OF THE TURBULENCE IS DIRECTLY RELATED
TO THE TEMPERATURE OF YOUR COFFEE - Gunter's 




WHAT DO I THINK?  Allow me to make a disclaimer.  "If I have my pants on", which I do, in my right front pocket you will find this well-honed Case pocket knife gifted to me by my son Todd.

Actually, he sold it to me for a penny.  The giving of a sharp object will "cut" the relationship.  Hillbilly 101


I have carried a pocket knife at all times since I was a youngster.  I was once halted at an Army-Navy football game where President George W. Bush was present because I had my knife in my pocket.  I use that knife each and every day in a number of ways.  Couldn't get along without it.


GO NAVY



However, Henry David Thoreau said "No amount of preparation will ever take the place of constant vigilance". I agree!  Locking the cockpit door, (preparation), still leaves a lot of room for attack, (vigilance).

EAGLES MAY SOAR, BUT WEASELS
 NEVER GET SUCKED INTO THE JET AIR INTAKES

Further, I am of a mind that decisions should be made by those who are fighting on the front lines and not by some desk jockey in a safe, air conditioned office in Washington. We tried that with President Lyndon B. Johnson and Vietnam.  What a mess that was.

I'D SIDE WITH THE FLIGHT ATTENDANTS, AIR MARSHALS AND THE CEO.

NO KNIVES ON THE AIRLINES

GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR'S

GOD BLESS THE USA


(Thanks for the question, Mark)     


  

3 comments:

Mark Pierce said...

Dad, you never cease to surprise. Thanks for your answer!

Phatmom said...

I agree. No knives or sharp, pointed objects such as nail files should be allowed on airplanes unless they are being transported underneath the plane safe and secure in luggage. Sadly, it's a different world we live in than yesteryear.

Walt Pierce said...

Sadly, sometimes we must face reality! Our country is subject to attack and we must act accordingly. I tolerate a huge, black guard dog in my home and keep defensive weapons close at hand. I wish it weren't so, but, again, reality. What if the "shoe bomber" could have used a knife to fight off the other passengers until he solved his faulty explosion problem?

Dad and Walt