So a disabled 3-year-old in a pink wheelchair has to be inspected multiple times, but it’s okay for passengers to bring knives on planes?
According to a recent announcement by the Transportation Security Administration, the answer to the latter part of that question is a yes.
A new policy, effective April 25, will allow travelers to carry small knives onboard. More specifically, the knives have to be foldable with blades that are no longer than 2.36 inches and less than ½ an inch wide. Examples are pen knives and corkscrews with small blades. Things like box cutters and razor blades, however, are still not allowed.
According to MSN, while the change angered certain groups such as the Transport Workers Union, that described the new policy as “shortsighted” and felt it was meant to make things easier for the TSA Staff, “but not make flights safer,” others don’t mind the new policy.
Passengers and experts alike point out that anything – from credit cards to toothbrushes – can be sharpened to be made into sharp objects.
“There are a lot of things you can use on an airplane if you are intent on hurting someone,” said John L. Sullivan, who makes his living as an aviation security consultant.”Security is never 100 percent.”
The policy isn’t limited to sharp objects. Other objects that were previously not allowed on board but are now include sports equipments such as novelty-sized baseball bats less than 24 inches long, toy plastic bats, billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and two golf clubs.