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Maybe Small Pistols Will Be Next

Pack Up Your Weapons In Your Old Kit Bag

And Fly, Fly, Fly



TSA changes rules: knives with 2.36” blades, small baseball bats, and lacrosse sticks now OK as part of carry-on luggage.

Why? Because it’s too much effort for baggage screeners to search and seize them. Seriously. Going through your luggage searching for weapons is too hard for government agents who are employed to go through your luggage searching for weapons.

The Transportation Security Administration announced Tuesday that U.S. airline passengers will soon be allowed to carry small knives in their carry-on bags, a move that prompted swift condemnation from a flight attendants union.

The union for Southwest Airlines flight attendants called the decision “dangerous” and “designed to make the lives of TSA staff easier, but not make flights safer.”

The changes were made public by TSA Administrator John Pistole during an aviation conference in New York.

Starting April 25, passengers going through U.S. airports can bring on board Swiss Army-type knives—specifically, ones with blades no longer than 2.36 inches.

Pistole told the audience that TSA screeners at the Los Angeles International Airport alone seized roughly 47 such knives a day over the last three months of 2012, according to Air Transportation World.

“Frankly, I don’t want TSA agents to be delayed by these,” he said.

The agency said the changes were made as part of its “overall risk-based security approach” and to align with the international standards and those of European countries.

Among the other items also allowed on board are lacrosse sticks, ski poles and small, souvenir baseball bats.

Under the TSA decision, however, box-cutter type knives used by the 9/11 hijackers are still prohibited. Razors as well as knives with molded grips also are still banned.

Now there’s government brains at work. Box cutters rarely have more than an inch of exposed blade, but they’re still bad. But pocket knives - I’m assuming “molded grips” means a fixed blade knife but I’d want clarification - are still Ok.

Now, is that 2.36” worth of cutting edge, or 2.36” from the tip to the choil or the front of the ricasso, or is that 2.36” from the tip to the hinge pin? And what makes a knife a “Swiss Army” knife? Does it have to be made by Wagner or Victorinox, or does it have to have red plastic sides with a white cross on them, or does it mean that the knife needs a plethora of blades? And how many is a plethora? And what about handle size? And blade locking arrangements?  Because I’m now invisioning a beefy handled knife with a thick wide double edged blade, 2.36” long, that locks into open position on each end of the handle, with a locking spike or two or three that can be opened in the middle, brass knuckle style.

And those souvenir baseball bats - can they have carrying straps or lead inserts for added balance? Do they have to be made of wood, or can metal souvenir bats be Ok? How about solid metal? Because damn ... after years of this TSA crap, make it legal and I WILL go armed on an airplane. And everyone else ought to as well. To the very limit of the letter of the law. Can we have souvenir shields or bucklers too? You know, only one strap, under 2lbs, and 12” diameter or less, with only 1 pointy bit in the middle?

Frankly, I don’t think TSA agents should be delayed by pocket pistols under .499 caliber, 18 ounces unloaded weight, 4.75” barrels, or with 8 or fewer rounds capacity. As long as they’re loaded with frangible bullets, of course.

How about it, Pistole? Gimme my little pistoles?


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