Reports indicate that passengers aboard crashed Asiana Flight 214 were trapped by their seatbelts while the Boeing 777 burned around them. If only someone had a knife to cut them free, even a small pocketknife…
But nobody had any kind of knife, because knives aren’t allowed on flights that land or originate in the United States. So what happened?
The Boeing 777 slammed into the runway on Saturday morning, breaking off its tail and catching fire before slumping to a stop that allowed the lucky ones to flee down emergency slides into thick smoke and a trail of debris. Firefighters doused the flames that burned through the fuselage with foam and water, and police officers on the ground threw utility knives up to crew members so they could cut the seat belts of those who remained trapped as rescue crews removed the injured.
You read that correctly: passengers were trapped in the burning wreckage, and they had to wait until police showed up with box cutters to cut them free from their seats.
Thanks to the TSA’s absurd ‘No Knives On Planes’ rule, hysterically defended by the Air Waitress union, nobody on flight 214 had a sharp rescue tool to cut them free. How many of them would have burned alive if police and firefighters hadn’t showed up within minutes? What would the Air Waitresses have said then? You’ll notice that they’re saying nothing right now.
‘No Knives On Planes’ is a stupid policy, and it’s a bloody miracle that it didn’t kill people this weekend. These passengers shouldn’t have had to wait for knives to save their lives, and it’s time to repeal this feel-good hoplophobia.
UPDATE: An escape slide/life raft also inflated prematurely inside the cabin, trapping a flight attendant until passengers could free her. A knife would have made this rescue a lot easier, too.