By Dawn Cranfield
TSA Delays Allowing Small Knives on Planes Until Further Notice
After September 11, 2001, our country was in a reactive state; trying to predict every event a terrorist may create to intimidate our peaceful our United States. Airport security became a focal point of the nation as all eyes were turned towards the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to solve the ails of our country and vet out those who were trying to take down our major transportation network and (apparently) some of our iconic buildings and landmarks.
One of the ways TSA determined to keep our nation free of terrorists was to perform a more in-depth screening process before potential fliers could walk through screening checkpoints. Previously, it was more open, and people were free to see their loved ones off from casual pre-boarding areas around the gate.
Post 9-11, only those with a legitimate boarding pass were allowed beyond the screening area; and only after they had been evaluated by TSA personnel and determined they had the entire criterion
of a passenger that was flying within a few hours. Additionally, there was strict rules including no liquids beyond a certain fluid ounce, no sharp objects, and some people were specifically pulled aside for selective screening if TSA personnel felt it was necessary.
Some people have felt that flying since 9-11 has become a nuisance and have opted to travel by other means; others feel it is part of an evolving America, a necessary evil reacting to terroristic threats, both foreign and domestic.
Since 9-11 I have traveled both personally and professionally and have had mixed results. There have been times I have been treated as if I was a terrorist, for some reason I was selected as a “random” in-depth check for three flights in a row; but then there were times I felt more charming and felt I was able to talk my way out of things others would have been called on.
There is certainly a lack of continuity between agents depending on the airport; I have heard stories where a 60 year-old grandmother has had her knitting needles taken away but where a 35 year-old woman is allowed to keep her tweezers. There is nothing suggesting TSA agents have any clear-cut guidelines, we are all nervous about being the root of the next terrorist attack.
This week, TSA was expected to announce that they were going to allow small knives on-board
aircraft; however, TSA has announced this will not take effect. Additionally, they have not announced a new date for this rule to take effect.
I suspect this is in response to the Boston Marathon bombings; our country is in mourning, and we are reacting to another terrorist attack.
“ This delay acknowledges that permitting knives on planes is a bad idea; now the TSA should go the rest of the way and end this flawed policy all together,’ the New York Democrat said in a statement.’” (cnn.com)