Transportation Security Administration has announced that U.S. airline passengers will soon be allowed to carry small knives with them in their carry-on bags.
Starting from April 25, people coming on board can bring along Swiss Army-type knives with blades no longer than 2.36 inches. The decision, however, is receiving condemnation for being ‘dangerous’.
The union for Southwest Airlines flight attendants thinks that allowing knives on board is not a wise decision at all and that it may make the lives of the TSA staff easier but not ‘safer’.
This is the first time ever after the Sept 11, 2001 attacks that such knives have been allowed by the authorities to be carried on planes by the passengers. Lacrosse sticks, ski poles and small, souvenir baseball bats are also on the list of allowed items.
TSA’s decision may have been made for the safety and security of the passengers but the flight attendants’ stance also makes sense. Terrorists manage to bring along a lot of ‘weapons’ on board and mere knives of 3 inches can certainly not help the feeble common man to defend himself against a (usually) trained assassin.
Even if terrorists are removed from the whole scenario, there can be attacks from the people on the flight and it can only get worse with knives, sticks and ski poles lying around within an arms’ reach. Allowing such items to be carried in passengers’ bags might not be a good decision after all.