TSA has postponed its changes to its prohibited items list which would have permitted pocket knives, golf clubs, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and other items to be taken into airplane cabins by passengers. Ned Levi discusses the rule changes and suggests TSA needs to follow a commonsense approach and drop the changes all together.
It’s been almost five years since the Transportation Security Administration quietly began installing its so-called Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) — better known as full-body scanners — at airports nationwide. And now the government wants to know what you think of the machines.
Next time you fly, take a minute to look around at the airport screening area. You’ll see all kinds of interesting passengers, from the “get-alongs” to the dissidents to the folks who think the rules don’t apply to them.
This month, the TSA announced that starting April 25, it will allow passengers to bring small knives with non-locking blades shorter than 2.36 inches and less than half an inch in width, small novelty bats, ski poles, hockey and lacrosse sticks, billiard cues and up to two golf clubs onto a plane. Has an agency focused on security lost its mind?
TSA took decisive action in paring its forbidden items list a bit — a tiny bit. Passengers can now carry on small knives and some sporting equipment that after years of careful research and untold hours of committee deliberations have been determined to be non-threatening in terms of airline security.
Travel as we know it will not turn into an ordeal today. From the speeches that the Secretary of Transportation and the The Secretary of Homeland Security have recently given, combined with rhetoric coming from the administration, the public should be forgiven if they thought the world as we know it was ending.
At a time when the federal agency assigned to protect America’s transportation systems can least afford it, there was another dust-up involving a young passenger — this time to Lucy Forck, a three-year-old with spina bifida flying to Disney World with her family.
Like most infrequent air travelers, Vicki Burton just wants to get through security without causing a scene. So on a recent flight from Chattanooga, Tenn., to Miami, she obediently stepped into the airport’s full-body scanner, held her arms up, and waited for the agent to wave her through. He didn’t.
It certainly influenced me. Then we look at new and improved meals in economy class on long distance flights — for a price. It’s amazing what happens when a profit motive is involved. Finally, TSA looks for more data to expand its pre-check programs. Do we need it?
As I listen to or read about the hue and cry over our Second Amendment rights if any new laws or restrictions on “bearing arms” are instituted, I wonder about the relative lack of concern over our Fourth Amendment rights. On one hand, citizens rail against losing one; and on the other, they meekly submit.