Pistole Still Pushing For New TSA Knife Rule

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Despite the lobbying efforts of the Air Waitress Union, the TSA keeps lurching toward common sense on the issue of knives on planes. Now-postponed rules would have allowed airline passengers to carry small, bland pocketknives, but TSA chief John Pistole defended the administration’s proposed policy change in a speech last week at George Washington University . . .

From the LA Times:

Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole has delayed a plan to let passengers carry small pocketknives on planes for the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks…

But in his speech at the university, he said, “It is the judgment of many security experts worldwide, a judgment with which I agree, that a small pocketknife is simply not going to result in the catastrophic failure of an aircraft.”In contrast, he added: “An undetected and successfully detonated improvised explosive device will.”

Pistole noted that the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organization adopted a policy in 2010 allowing passengers to carry knives with blades 6 centimeters in length or shorter on commercial planes.

Here’s hoping that the new rule goes into effect as soon as possible, and that some clever knifemaker will take advantage of it and offer a TSA-compliant EDC knife.


  1. Matt in FL says:

    So are we allowed to not hate this guy now? I don’t want to run afoul of the 2A mafia by not spitting on him if I see him.

    1. Augur says:

      I’m not sure, he doesn’t look like he has much of a soul behind those eyes… he can’t even smile right.

  2. PubliusII says:

    While I think the entire DHS should be shut down and all their staff banned for life from any job except cleaning out sewers with toothbrushes, on this issue this guy is right.

    Hands up, those of you who have smuggled onboard (inadvertently or otherwise) a tiny knife fitting the specs he proposes?

    That’s what I thought.

    I think this is (1) a tacit admission that they really can’t stop these things from getting through, so why not allow them? And (2) an attempt by TSA to curry a bit of public favor.

    The “curry favor” bit doesn’t work for me — I still think they should be closed down. But if they allow the little blades onboard, I’ll carry mine every time.

  3. Sam L. says:

    I had a little folding Buck–1.25-1.5″ blade in my suit pocket that I’d put there a few months before and forgot about. Cost me $10 to mail it home from the airport.

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Pistole Still Pushing For New TSA Knife Rule

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