"Liberalism is totalitarianism with a human face" -- Thomas Sowell
Thursday, March 7, 2013
How Stupid is the Government? The TSA is Going to Allow Knives on Planes but Continue to Ban Shampoo and Water Bottles over 3.4 ounces
I think you need to have had a lobotomy to work in government, especially the TSA. So snow globes larger than tennis balls are banned but items that can cut throats aren't? I like how one of the excuses are that "these are popular items that we see regularly?" And full sized water bottles are somehow rare?:
Starting April 25, passengers flying on U.S. flights will be allowed to carry small pocket knives – blades less than 6-centimeters, up to two golf clubs, ski poles, as well as sporting sticks used for hockey, lacrosse, and billiards. Baseball bats will remain on the no-fly list, though wiffle-ball bats and souvenir baseball bats (less than 24-inches long) will be allowed.
"These are popular items we see regularly," agency spokesman David Castelveter told Bloomberg News. "They don't present a risk to transportation security."
The move comes following a recommendation by a TSA working group that such items are not a security threat. The move will conform to international rules that currently allow the small knives and sporting goods.
"Frankly, I don't want TSA agents to be delayed by these," Pistole told the audience. Adding that TSA screeners at Los Angeles International Airport in the last three months of 2012, seized 47 of the small knives per day.
The Flight Attendants Union Coalition, which represents the 90,000 flight attendants on carriers nationwide, blasted the announcement calling it "poor and shortsighted."
"Continued prohibition of these items is an integral layer in making our aviation system secure and must remain in place," the statement said. "As the last line of defense in the cabin and key aviation partners, we believe that these proposed changes will further endanger the lives of all Flight Attendants and the passengers we work so hard to keep safe and secure."