As reported in The Hill :
“The pressure on TSA to backtrack on the knife decision mounted this week when 133 House members signed a letter to TSA Administrator John Pistole, asking him to reconsider removing the items from the agency’s prohibited list.”
As you probably know, the TSA recently loosened restrictions on blades on planes. As expected, the common-sense decision was met by howls from members on both sides of the aisle who see it as a convenient way to deflect constituent ire onto the always unpopular TSA.
Such grandstanding flies in the face of actual research, which cites a 3 minute diversion of personnel resources for each of the thousands of small knives alone seized every day.
The move comes as part of a strategic shift on the part of the TSA, towards what they are calling “Risk-Based threat assessment , in layman’s terms, they are focusing the bulk of their energy on things that can actually bring down an airplane and on behaviors that are flagged as suspicious. Grampa’s old Case folder is no threat to anyone in the bag of the average traveler, just as a tray table most certainly is a threat in the hands of someone with evil and criminal intent.
“Pistole told lawmakers during a House Homeland Security Committee meeting earlier this month that removing knives from its prohibited items list would allow airport security screeners to focus on searching for explosive devices.
“That’s what risk-based security is all about, trying to identify what are the most significant risks … and making sure that our officers and our entire national U.S. government national security team is trying to be as precise and focused on those threats that cause the greatest damage,” Pistole said.”
Common sense…so rare it is like a frickin’ superpower.