Oh, come on. The original problem was the rules said "if someone asks for your airplane, give it to them". That underlying problem was fixed right away, what has been going on since is 90% "security theater".
As far as handling the supposed danger of sticks & pocket knives are concerned, the other 190 passengers can "fix" that toot sweet. And enjoy themselves doing it, too.
So what about a tube of toothpaste in my carry on? Or the idiotic act of taking my shoes off?
Still want to molest my crotch too huh? Still want me to be nuked by your high energy x-ray until I grow a tumor?
But it's ok to have a pocket knife. Does that include box knives because we all know how well that went over...
F***cking stupidity of our so called authorities should make every one of us want to puke.
Why not admit that all of this crap was reactionary, grandstanding!
Fellow Swiss Army Knife aficionados rejoice. According to the TSA, we are no longer considered terrorists with hangnails, splinters, loose screws, food stuck in teeth, untethered lanyards, unopened cans, and uncorked wine.
About time! As I've told many a TSA agent as I've handed over my little Swiss Army knife [having forgotten to remove it from my pocket before leaving home], were I to so much as hint at threatening a crew member or the safety of a flight, I'd be a dead man! They'd usually agree and shrug at the absurdity of the restrictions.
Evidence abounds attesting to the abrupt behavioral change that's taken over passengers post 911, with countless cases of passengers gladly restraining unruly passengers armed only with an excess of alcohol. The relaxation of the restrictions on small sharp objects will likely result in a few isolated cases of idiots attempting to make the press on a light news day but I suspect the real story will be about the beat-down they receive from nearby passengers.
Well at least we will still be safe since I still can't bring more than 3 oz of shampoo in one bottle.
It's okay for the pax to have knives, but I'll bet they keep confiscating the pilots' Leatherman tools. As the TSA genius told the female United 767 captain while confiscating her eyebrow tweezers: "We can't allow you to be in possession of anything that might permit you to gain control of the aircraft!"
Now that the American public has been acclimated to the notion that air travelers deserve to be treated like prisoners, we're supposed to be overjoyed because they're now allowing devices that we can actually pick our nails with.
In view of the fact that our civil liberties are being eroded and the public is all too willing to go along with the idea, I'd say the terrorists have won.
But I still can't bring a bottle of water or a yogurt cup through security. Smart, real smart. Must have been thought up by our majestic leader in chief.
Ok !!!! Looks like I'm outnumbered. I remember Archie Bunker of "All In the Family" suggested that each passenger should be issued a handgun at the start of the flight. Well folks, maybe Archie was right after all !!
I remember in the UK they wanted to confiscate my laser pointer because it resembled a bullet. The security guy grilled me for at least 20 minutes before letting me go with it. You have to draw the line between ridiculous and reasonable. Ban shoes and the bad guys will find other ways to do their dirty work. Screening is still the best way to prevent attacks.
Remember Les Abend's story of the small steak sauce bottle that the goons confiscated? When I look at the chaos that we are subjected to on every flight, I agree with the above comment: the terrorists have won, and they must be laughing at us.