sltrib.com columnist Robert Kirby is not happy with the Transport Security Administration’s decision to allow small knives on board aircraft. But not for the same reason as the moaning minnies who dread seeing blades on a plane. “In January, TSA agents took the knife from me at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. Less than two months later, Pistole announced it was permissible to carry the exact same knife aboard aircraft . . . Normally I would just let this go. However, the [Swiss Army knife with a one inch blade] has sentimental value. There’s a nick in the red plastic handle where a dog or a grandchild bit it.” Kirby is not alone . . .
I’m sure the TSA’s taken hundreds of thousands of knives, many if not most of which had some sentimental value to their owners. In some cases, the TSA has mailed the knife back to its owner. In many, not.
It is not fair to take something away from somebody and then turn right around and tell everyone it’s OK to have it. I want my knife. It’s reasonable, right? If President Gerald Ford can pardon Vietnam draft dodgers and give them their freedom back, then TSA can certainly square this with me.
Sorry Bobby, it’s gone. But not forgotten. Nor should it be. This is what happens when governments don’t trust the people who put them in power, and voters encourage their actions from a place of fear, rather than common sense.