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.