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TSA to Allow Small Knives in Carry on Luggage on Flights

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    The TSA has announced that it will be allowing some small pocket knives aboard US flights from the 25th APril 2013.

    The TSA said on its website, "The decision to permit certain items in carry-on bags was made as part of TSA's overall risk-based security approach and aligns TSA with International Civil Aviation Organization Standards and our European counterparts."

    The small knives will be permitted in all carry on luggage and must meet all of the following requirements:

    The blade must be no more than 2.36 inches or 6 cm in length – from tip to where it meets the handle or hilt

    The blade must be no more than ½ inch in width.

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    The TSA said fixed blades, razors and box cutters will still be forbidden.

    How do you feel about knives being allowed on flights?
     
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    OMG! what are they thinking? :lol:

    so now it's going to be ah yes, several knives that's fine sir but IS THAT A BOTTLE OF WATER!!!!

    that's just strange beyond belief really. What's next?
     
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    It's not often I'm speechless! Are you sure this isn't an early April fools?
     
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    No sorry Brit, it's not an April Fools joke, the Flight Attendants Union Coalition are not happy and have said

    The Flight Attendants Union Coalition, representing 90,000 flight attendants nationwide, called the decision outrageous and shortsighted, and asked Pistole to reconsider.

    "We believe that these proposed changes will further endanger the lives of all flight attendants and the passengers we work so hard to keep safe and secure," the group said.

    It's crazy :nono:
     
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    I cant believe what Im reading here Wendy. That is just crazy. Why would anyone need a knife on a flight anyway? Nuts!!

    Mags
     
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    Sorry Mags, it is true, the statement is here

    It is a stupid decision :sigh:
     
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    Thanks for the link Wendy. To be honest, I can foresee trouble ahead. I just dont like it.

    Mags
     
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    What possible reason could you have for carrying a knife on a plane? It's like 9/11 never happened.
     
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    That is ridiculous!!!! Why would someone need to take a knife in their carry on anyway?!? Its obviously not been that much of an inconvenience since the rules changed.
    I find it bizarre you can take a 6cm blade on board but not a razor? Surely the blade can do the same if not worse damage.
    Just seems a little stupid if you ask me.

    :wiggle:
     
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    Ok I can carry a knife on a plane but not a full sized bottle of shampoo???? This makes absolutely no sense.
     
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    Stupid idiots.
     
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    Madness. :( So I can't have my perfume or make-up but knives are okay?! There's no logical reason for needing a knife on a plane journey.
     
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    I guess it's because liquids can be made into bombs or hold other nasty ingredients :sigh: :shrug:
     
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    and a 6 cm blade could do quite a lot of damage, i can't see transatlantic flights landing/taking off in the UK allowing this :unsure:
     
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    It seems like a short blade would be just as dangerous as a box cutter.
     
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    I completely agree, the TSA haven't thought this through properly at all, I just meant that it's possibly why fluids aren't allowed yet :sorry:

    I for one will not be happy about the knives or sports equipment being allowed on flights, just think of the damage a golf club can do :sigh:
     
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    According to the piece on the television, the TSA said they are trying to match the safety protocols in other places (I am guessing they were referring to Europe and Asia?) They say they want to focus their attention to things that can bring down a plane (explosives).

    I personally think it is a dumb idea. Suebeattie, you would be surprised at the number of GUNS that people try to sneak on planes or "forgot" to remove from their carry on. I had two "knives" confiscated as I had a tiny maybe 2" LLBean swiss army knife on my keys (the keys were actually bigger than the length of the knife:lol:). So I guess it can happen. There showed bins of conviscated knifes and a huge collection of guns that were confiscated on the television. Weird world man!
     
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    I can just imagine the conversation "sorry officer I didnt realise that gun was on me" lol. I just find it bizarre that they think this is a good idea.
    You have to wonder about the people who make these decisions.

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    I think you'll find that we've had the same restrictions (apart from liquids) for a long time due to the threat of terrorist attack. They would also apply to any airline operating into or out of the UK. I don't know how they would separate screening for domestic and international flights as its all mixed now isn't it? If we are planning to relax the rules over here I will be firing off some letters!

    Imagine One of the flight crew has his family on board the plane, terrorist threatens to kill a member unless he opens the cockpit door. :shrug1:

    Not having a go at you Dan, just concerned that's all :yes:
     
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    I found this, I hope someone stands up and stops this silly decision:

     

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