Kristi - posted on 03/09/2013 ( 8 moms have responded )
The TSA recently revised it's list of items allowed in carry-on bags since 9-11-01. Causing the most debate is, of course, small knives now being allowed back on board. Other items that were added back to the list are hockey sticks, mini baseball bats (under 2'), golf clubs and ski poles, just to name a few. The knives have to be 2.36 inches or less in length and no more than 1/2 an inch wide.
The apparent reason for this turn of events is to make the screening process run more smoothly. The agency also says that this measure brings the US standards up to those of international standards allowing TSA to concentrate on more serious threats.
We haven't been allowed to carry-on these items for 11 YEARS so approving them now is going to speed up security processing how? IMO, if anything, it will slow things down. People will start carrying these "weapons" again and now, if TSA does their job right, they will have to check all the knives coming through the check points to make sure they meet the guidelines.
Many members in the airline industry are very unhappy with the new changes. They feel that, once again, everyone's safety is jepordized. According to a spokesman from TSA, it's mission is to prevent a plane from being used as a weapon. These new items do not create that kind of a risk.
Do you feel like your safety is at further risk now or do you feel safer because you might have something to defend yourself with or are you indifferent? I'm not sure I really feel any different at this point. But, I really can't see the true rationale behind allowing knives back on airplanes. And considering it makes air marshals concerned for airline personel and passenger safety, then I would say let's not do this, if it were my decision.