On April 25, 2013, some revisions to the items allowed in carry-on luggage made by the Transportation Security Administration will go into effect. The TSA will soon begin to allow travelers to carry on pocketknives in their carry-on luggage.
Travelers will also be allowed to carry-on their hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks, ski poles, pool sticks and up to two golf clubs.
Ladies, don’t think about bringing your liquid foundation or perfume on the plane if it’s more than 3.4 ounces. Did you not know that your foundation was clearly more dangerous than an iron golf club or sharp pocketknife?
Unacceptable is an understatement.
In a statement released by the TSA, “This is part of an overall Risk-Based Security approach, which allows Transportation Security Officers to better focus their efforts on finding higher threat items such as explosives.”
Yes, explosives are not something I would want sitting next to me on a plane. Neither is a pocketknife with a sharp blade.
As someone who considers herself “well-traveled,” I understand many travelers’ frustrations regarding the sometimes long and frustrating security lines.
However, I do not mind the extra wait if it means I will be boarding a safe aircraft and arriving at my destination in one piece.
Regardless of the size of the blade, a pocketknife is a knife and can easily harm someone. A golf club, an iron golf club, could easily knock someone out cold with one swing.
Since September 11, the prohibited items on an aircraft were implemented to protect travelers and crewmembers to ensure everyone’s safety. Too many innocent lives were lost that day and the memories of watching the Twin Towers collapse on television is traumatizing.
Protecting our country should remain being of the utmost importance. Better safe than sorry, right?
Allowing these items back on the aircrafts is moving in the wrong direction.
We have all adjusted to the strict rules of the TSA and we are all okay. We have all survived and adjusted to not having them on-board for many, many years. There is absolutely no reason to turn back now.
A reversal of these new changes needs to happen. There is no reason that a pocketknife should be allowed on any aircraft for whatever reason. They are simply not necessary.
If a box cutter was able to hijack a plane, the possibilities of what a pocketknife could do are endless.
However, if the TSA wants to revise their prohibited items list for whatever reason, great. Consider revising the liquids list.
Let me bring my full-sized toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner on board so I do not have to pay to check my bag.