I’ve been sitting starring at this news piece on CBS all day asking one question, why? The report is about a drastic change coming to the TSA, which is as follows:
Small knives are set to be permitted in carry-on luggage on flights, in a change to current guidelines announced by the TSA today.
Knives with blades no more than 2.36 inches in length from tip to where the blade meets the handle or hilt will be approved for carry-on.
The blade must be no more than half an inch in width.
The TSA also announced toy bats and sporting equipment such as hockey sticks and golf clubs will also be allowed on board aircraft.
Of all the policy changes the TSA has introduced since September 11th, this certainly would not be the first I’d vote to be reversed, which is why I have a series of “whys” I’m asking in response to this news. Particularly:
1. Why does one need to carry a knife while traveling by plane?
2. Why does the TSA see the right to carry a knife while traveling by plane a necessity?
3. Why do I still have to limit my carry-on liquids to 3 ounces if people can carry pocket knives on a plane?
That list is in order of importance, of course, although I still haven’t gotten over being faced with the horrid choice of either throwing out my newly purchased Aveeno moisturizer or Fed Ex-ing it to my destination once when I forgot to put the 4.0z cream — yup, just one ounce over– in the bag I’d just checked. Yes, I know there’s a chance I could have had some sort of explosive concoction in that bottle, but I know that agent smelled nothing but Total Soy complex aimed at keeping my skin positively radiant when he made me toss that bottle. Why did he have to do me like that?
In all seriousness though, in this day and age of travel products galore (have you seen Bed Bath & Beyond’s section?!), making sure I am abiding by TSA liquid standards is more of a nuisance than anything else, but what I find far more annoying, not to mention unsafe, is this lift of the knife ban. Yes, it’s been 11 1/2 years since 9/11, but regardless of the time that’s passed, one thing we do know is that box cutters were successfully used as a weapon to take down four aircrafts. In other words, while there may be a possibility someone could create an explosive and blow up an airplane, we have concrete proof that someone can take down multiple aircrafts with nothing more than small knives. Why open ourselves up to that risk — especially considering all of the breach of security horror stories we’ve heard during the time when knives haven’t been allowed?
For as much grief as people give the FAA and TSA, at the end of the day we know most of the things these agents make us do is really for our own good. This policy change, however, is a time where I can’t say I’m so sure. I would be willing to change my mind if I could start taking my full-sized beauty products in my carry-ons though. Just kidding.
What do you think about the TSA re-allowing knives on planes?