Small knives allowed on commercial airlines


 The following letter to the editor of the Oakland Press shows how divided our nation is on each individual’s right to defend themselves. The writer opens the letter with “For reasons that have baffled a nation”, but he really means “for reasons that have baffled me”. That is fair enough. There are strong arguments for either position one takes on this very contentious issue.

For many reasons that have baffled a nation, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration has decided to allow airline passengers to carry knives on airplanes.

Under the new rule change, passengers will be able to carry a blade that is up to 2.36 inches long and up to a half-inch wide, as long as it isn’t a fixed blade or doesn’t lock into place. Essentially, it allows small pocket knives.

We’re sure there are reasons for this that only bureaucrats can understand, but they probably should be rethinking this. After all, the al-Qaida terrorists managed to bring down four planes and the World Trade Center, damage the Pentagon, kill thousands and start a war with simple box cutters.

It is True, those, razor blades and similar dangerous items still will be prohibited, but why let people board planes with knives after getting along just fine without them for more than 12 years?

If not altogether happy, the public at least has grown accustomed to the odd rules about plane safety, including the occasional confiscation of a tin of foie gras and the prohibition of more than 3.4 ounces of shampoo in any one container.

What is the inconvenience to the public to not allow knives of any sort on a plane?(No inconvenience, except on those interested in hijacking a plane) Isn’t the peace of mind of complete prohibition worth something?


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  1. Michelle Richardson, lead legislative counsel for ACLU, made a great point on hardball. She refuted a bloggers position that he was willing to allow small encroachments on his privacy in order to avoid another 9-11 type terrorist attack. Richardson countered that individual citizens can not waive the privacy rights guaranteed in the constitution for ALL citizens!!

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