Weapons in Shampoo Out

Air Travel Safety at Risk

Sometimes you just have to stop and ask, what are those who are charged with our safety and protection thinking about?

Yesterday, the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) announced a new list of weapons which are now allowed to be brought on airplanes by passengers. Yes, weapons.

The rationale for this change is that it will apparently make security clearance faster. Included on the list of approved items for air travel are, for example, knives. Air travelers should be safe however, according to the TSA because the approved knives can only be less that one half inch wide. No apparent limit on length. Other approved potential weapons include such handy items as pool cues, lacrosse sticks, hockey sticks, ski poles,"novelty" baseball bats and two golf clubs (presumably determined by your handicap).

Another rationale for the new approved list of weapons is the fact that the TSA has determined these items do not pose a threat to the flight crew, which are behind a sealed reinforced door in the cockpit. Good, the flight crew should be safe and secure at all times. The question remains, what about the passengers and flight attendants who are locked in a larger cabin with a terrorist, drunk or disturbed person swinging a one-half-inch wide blade or a sand wedge, or a "novelty " baseball bat? Do you think there is a risk here?

Recent news stories have told of heroic passengers who have subdued drunks and disturbed passengers during flights.  Now add a weapon to that scenario and see what happens.

Not to worry though, according to the TSA, razor blades and box cutters, the weapons of choice for the 9/11 hijackers, are still on the prohibited list of items which passengers may bring on an aircraft. And yes, the TSA is still prohibiting you from bringing too much shampoo on an aircraft.  

We should all feel much safer knowing that the TSA has our back. Hopefully, no one will put a kniife in it during a flight. 

Congressman King, this falls into your job description and pay grade. Please do something to stop this nonsense. Thank you. 

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Helen March 08, 2013 at 01:28 AM
Amen sadeto. The dregs of TSA agents I have come across are working there because it's a job. I'm not grouping all the apples in the same basket - but the one's I've come across aren't always the cream of the crop...you either have those who are overly zealous or those who wouldn't notice a weapon if it were pointed at them. As for the whole knife thing - a blade is a blade and will do damage. Good to know though, that I can now bring my knife on board to cut through the cardboard food we're subjected to. But after all this, I still can't bring my gallon of shampoo? Body lotion? Mouthwash? Or, heaven forbid - a SEALED water or soda bottle - from HOME that didn't cost me $5.00 to purchase at the airport?
Artie Fischl March 08, 2013 at 02:07 AM
The boxcutters myth originated with Ted Olson's fictitious story of a supposed phone call from his wife Barbara Olson from Flight 77. There was no phone call. This is the only so-called source of there being boxcutters. This was badly scripted narrative.
sadeto March 08, 2013 at 05:41 AM
Artie baby, have a little respect and common sense. I want to love you on this one too man but I know Ted on a personal and professional basis and his late wife too and it's not a myth, she made the call, she died, they had Boxcutters. Give it up, you crazy man.
Artie Fischl March 08, 2013 at 12:40 PM
The most serious official contradiction of Olson’s story came in 2006 at the trial of Moussaoui. The evidence presented to this trial by the FBI included a report on phone calls from all four 9/11 flights. In its report on American Flight 77, the FBI report attributed only one call to Barbara Olson and it was an “unconnected call,” which (of course) lasted “0 seconds.” According to the FBI, therefore, Ted Olson did not receive a single call from his wife using either a cell phone or an onboard phone. The FBI is part of the Department of Justice, and yet its report undermined the well-publicized claim of the DOJ’s former solicitor general that he had received two calls from his wife on 9/11. If Ted Olson’s claim was false, then there are only two possibilities: Either he lied or he was duped by voice-morphing technology to pretend to be his wife. In either case, the official story about the calls from Barbara Olson was based on deception. "Give it up?" As if. Truthers are analogous to Resistance fighters in France 1943. You do grasp that enablers of, and apologists for, the Big Lie are complicit in the Cover-Up of the atrocities? Have some respect for the victims' families. And what's with the "baby" talk, Sadmama?
NYB March 14, 2013 at 04:50 AM
Bring one gallon of water, claim that you have a diagnosis of dehydration and it is a medical fluid. "Yes, you can test it, but you can't open or touch it." Done. You'll breeze through while they harass some new mother and her breast milk.


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