Should Knives Be Allowed on Planes?

TSA is changing its policy.

April 25 will bring a change in airport security: TSA will allow small pocket knives and a few other previously banned items aboard planes, according to ABC News.

ABC News said the change, which pertains to U.S. flights, will include knives with blades less than 6 cm, golf clubs, ski poles and other sporting sticks. Baseball bats will remain on a no-carry list. Razor blades and box cutters will also continue to be banned.

TSA Administrator John Pistole said screening for these regularly carried items slows down security lines. He said in the last quarter of 2012, the Los Angeles International Airport, TSA workers confiscated nearly 50 small knives a day, according to ABC News.

Flight attendants are unhappy with the increased risks, saying “Continued prohibition of these items is an integral layer in making our aviation system secure and must remain in place,” a statement from the Flight Attendants Union Coalition read. 

What do you think? Are you OK with these changes? Tell us in the comments.

Father Nature March 07, 2013 at 08:30 PM
What about bus drivers? Are we going to ban knives on buses because a terrorist can harm the bus driver? If a terrorists goal is simply to harm some people, they can do that anywhere. Airport safety is about preventing someone from bringing the plane down. If banning small knives doesn't serve that end and only causes delays and waste, then get rid of the ban. As someone who has worked in the federal prison system, I can tell you that it is exceedingly easy to make shanks and other weapons just as deadly as a small knife out of everyday items that pass through the x-ray machine. Many of these rules and bans make you feel better but they don't make you any safer.
UglyHat March 07, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Why not throw in a few Senators, Chiefs and Wizards too. No Yankees or Giants please!
PREDATOR March 07, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Plenty of folks over at TJX who may not enjoy your humor.
UglyHat March 07, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Probably plenty of folks everywhere that may not enjoy it. Others might. Such is life.
Ralph March 07, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Remember When March 07, 2013 at 10:01 PM
How much time will be wasted measuring each blade? Forget it.
Joe Kane March 07, 2013 at 10:07 PM
I know STUPID when I see it or hear it and this change is STUPID!! If people feel the need to bring knives with them to their destinations, then put them in their Checked Baggage where they do not have access, not in their carry on bags. Water is OK if it is purchased at authorized suppliers after going through security. Bringing an "unopened" bottle of water that is brought to the airport is still not a good idea because terrorists know how to load "sealed" containers with various liquids, many of which are clear, like water!! Buy your water near the gate or onboard the plane and feel safe. And I hope that we have not forgotten our Brethren Buyers from TJX who lost their lives on 9/11. Forgetting History is the first step towards another disaster!! Let's be smart and let's not forget! A touch of compassion towards the family and friends of these folks would be appropriate at this time and going foward.
Brian Northborough March 07, 2013 at 10:12 PM
Fyi as a chemist I can not begin to list the liquids that look like water but are not water and could easily bring down a plane. Currently they will agitate a solution to see how the bubbles form and dissipate to determine if it's water...in reality this doesn't work because there are many dangerous liquids that behave like water...I am not going to list anything here because I like flying on planes and don't want to end up on a list... If you want water buy a bottle once you have cleared security... But ignorance is bliss...
Kathy March 07, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Why would you have a knife in the first place?
Ryan Seavey March 08, 2013 at 01:33 AM
You can't trust citizens to protect themselves! that's madness!
Christopher Fields March 08, 2013 at 01:47 AM
I'll repeat myself, and correct me if I'm wrong, pre 9/11 you could carry a knife on a plane.
Morrie Lewin March 08, 2013 at 03:03 AM
I have lost 2 pocket Swiss Army "pocketknives" to the rules. The first because I hadn't been aware of the rule, the second because I just didn't think about it. I use tools; "pocketknives" are very handy, compact tool kits. I was lost without a "pocketknife" when I got to my destinations. It becomes an extension of your skill set, much like personal electronics (smartphones, tablets) in the current years. I have always carried one for over 40 years and used some aspect at least daily. But a single bladed knife wouldn't do me much good - I prefer a utilitarian tool for my needs. This rule change also brings the US inline with international standards, cutting down on confusion. More knowledge, less fear.
Myd Nevins March 08, 2013 at 05:08 AM
I use a knife frequently both for my job and offhours. As such I carry a small folding knife every day. I used to fly for business. Not so much anymore. But my trips then were usually one or two days at most which meant, as a man, I generally had one carry-on bag and no checked-luggage. Lacking a good knife at a jobsite across the country was a serious inconvenience.
Myd Nevins March 08, 2013 at 05:09 AM
I think you are right. At least as I remember, I never had a knife confiscated before then.
Myd Nevins March 08, 2013 at 05:13 AM
I think you are right. Separate my grandfather from his pocket knife and zippo lighter and he was lost. Separate kids today from their Iphone and they have no idea how to face the world. And I'm stuck in the generation between who need both.
Scott Dube March 08, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Water is not allowed because no liquids are allowed to brought through security. The reason is that a plot was uncovered to bring explosive chemicals aboard in separate containers, mix them onboard and be able to detonate. This could bring the plane down. The seals on water bottles can be faked very easily, buy your water inside security. Knives should be allowed, here's why. Prior to 9-11 the cockpit door was not as secure as it is today. Also air crews were caught off guard by the way the plot unfolded this element of surprise will never again be as dramatic.
mickeyj54 March 08, 2013 at 01:55 PM
why make an already awful job even worse by allowing some clown on board a plane with a knife? No way should anything like that be allowed on a plane no way
Joe Kane March 08, 2013 at 02:00 PM
I think that some folks are missing the point that stewards and stewardesses are making which is while the cockpit door is secure, what will stop a terrorist from using a knife to torture, maim or kill those that are in the main cabin? Should the pilots continue on with their flights and work to land the plane while they hear the screams of those in the cabin that are falling prey to terror? I still think it's not a good idea. Leave the knives off the planes!!
UglyHat March 08, 2013 at 02:08 PM
That is definitely a concern Joe but as I have pointed out, a policy does not stop the bad guys. And as others have said, a blade or shank can be formed from many things. There are also very long, strong and sharp blades made of ceramic and even plastic these days which may not be detected by our TSA screening practices. So while the good guys are having their belongings confiscated, the bad guys are not really being deterred at all (by this rule).
GM March 08, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Am I the only one who would rather face someone carrying a pocket-knife on a plane than someone wielding a golf club on a plane? I've never seen anyone try to bring a golf club on a plane, so I'm baffled at why golf clubs were included in the change. I haven't seen a whole lot of golf clubs laying with the half empty water bottles and pocket knives at the entrance to security either. I'm wondering whether the President maybe wants his clubs to be a "carry-on" item so he doesn't have to worry about losing them after putting them into checked baggage when he goes down to Florida to play golf!!??!?! ;>)
Borden Wicks March 08, 2013 at 06:10 PM
But how does one know who that super "American Patriot" is. If you don't know, then perhaps we let everyone on with a firearm or knife, just to be sure the Patriot has made it aboard, huh Predator?
Borden Wicks March 08, 2013 at 06:15 PM
How do you know that "Patriot" won't just have a mental breakdown and use the gun against the crew. The NRA, is steadfast against background checks, so our beloved flag waving "patriot" might just be a loose cannon?
PREDATOR March 08, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Borden....it's really very simple. Lets start with American Citizens only are allowed to carry. Second, anyone who yells "god is great"....kill.
Borden Wicks March 08, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Yes Predator, perhaps you are right. American citizens such as Timothy McVeigh should be able to carry weapons on to planes, don't ya think?
PREDATOR March 08, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Yep....because others, law abiding citizens, will be there to stop him dead in his tracks.Thanks for the support.
Borden Wicks March 08, 2013 at 06:50 PM
But Predator, Timothy is the "American Patriot" you speak of who was supposed to stop the others. With so many "Patriots" on board shooting at the one they believe might be Muslim, the plane will be full of holes at 30,000 feet! Not good for aircraft Predator, not good at all!
PREDATOR March 08, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Borden...I did not bring him up you did.
borden wicks March 08, 2013 at 09:27 PM
You brought up "American Patriot." That is what some Americans view him as! Guns and knives on planes are ridiculous! John Wayne died years ago, and most Americans, no mmater how well intentioned, are not equiped to deal with a terrorist on a plane, whether they are armed or not!
Robin L. Reardon March 09, 2013 at 02:21 AM
The airlines don't care about public safety. All those new rules and regs. after 9/11 came about so the airlines won't loose business. And we knew eventually all that would slowly fade away. It's all about money as usual. The airlines are losing business so now this is one of their schemes to increase revenue. They don't give a rat's behind about you, me, or anyone else on those planes.
THOMAS AHERN March 10, 2013 at 12:09 PM


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