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March 5, 2013

Knives on planes again. Well, some knives.

Filed under: Aviation Security — by Christopher Bellavita on March 5, 2013

The Transportation Security Agency blog says some knives and some sporting equipment will be allowed back on planes, in late April.

According to the announcement,

…the following items [will be permitted] in carry-on bags [and presumably — for knives — in one’s pocket] beginning April 25th:

  • Small Pocket Knives – Small knives with non-locking blades smaller than 2.36 inches and less than 1/2 inch in width will be permitted
  • Small Novelty Bats and Toy Bats
  • Ski Poles
  • Hockey Sticks
  • Lacrosse Sticks
  • Billiard Cues
  • Golf Clubs (Limit Two)

The change “is part of an overall Risk-Based Security approach” whose hermetically mysterious internal analytics can distinguish between the risks associated with a 6 centimeter, half inch wide, non-locking blade; and the risks created by a 7 centimeter, three-quarter inch wide, locking blade.

Maybe there is some science behind the metric.  But if the decision process was similar to many of the early TSA decisions Kip Hawley described in his book Permanent Emergency: Inside the TSA and the Fight for the Future of American Security, there may have been more BOGSAT involved than science.

Whatever the rationale, for those who look at carrying knives as a 2nd Amendment right, a bit of pre-9/11 freedom is coming to an airport near you on April 25th.

It’s probably not a coincidence April 25th was selected to allow knives to return to flight. It is the 329th anniversary of the first patent for a thimble.

The date may also reflect the sense of humor of whoever at TSA decided small knives are an acceptable risk. On April 25th, 221 years ago, Nicolas Pelletier became the first person to be executed by guillotine — a different kind of knife.


Here are the TSA-provided pictures outlining the new rules (click on the image to make it bigger):



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Comment by Christopher Tingus

March 5, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

While today Barry Obama’s announced that there will be no more public ctours of the White House, by the way, tours usually conducted by volunteers and this “Chicago-Hollywood-Washington charade” is allowed by what seems to be an apparent far too emotional and possibly ignorant fellow American populace and Madame Homeland Security has been very much apart of this blatant lie and scaring the American populace and those of us as frequent flyers…there is no room for knives in carry on luggage or for that matter anything else which could – could – pose a problem to those of us flying who prefer peace of mind. Anyone can carry andy such in the luggage compartment…

Barry Obama, this “Chicago city street slicker” and nothing more w/pledge to Hussein Obama and Bill Ayers and the likes of these socialists and marxists and the Rev Wright who mentored Barry Obama in the pew for well over twenty years so while TSA who makes sure every flight they pull me aside and search everything and then some and make sure I am inconvenienced in every way even when en route to Washington to see senior ranking folks obviously because of my American views and pro-American support of ‘ol Glory and the Constitution and our beloved Republic……

…..no to knives and anything else, put them in the belly of the plane and for the record, let’s be clear here from “Main Street USA” and from the majority of Americans Barry Obama and “smug-smiled Pelosi” – We the People demand that the WH be opened immediately for tours and while I am still offering my citizenship rights to place Barry Obama and Hillary Clinton under citizen’s arrest for suspicion in breach of faith, treason for the “Benghazi Massacre” where four of our brave Patriots were indeed left behind and We the People demand Congress on both sides of the aisle and to stand aside for a moment from your outright partisan and corrupt ways in self-serving mannerisms to hold Barry Obama and Hillary Clinton who you applaud in such incestuous ways to make them accountable and you have thus failed to do so….thus, you, too very much part of this travesty!

The divisive ways, the blatant lies, the threats, the scare mongers among you and so much more and as portrayed by this “Chicago city street slicker” and nothing more…these republican and democrat designations you all seem to hold so dear to your heart… when no plan put forth, nor a budget nor anything other than to raise taxes and fees…a Chicago pol with pledge to Hussein Obama and his Kenyan pals, all anti-colonialists, anti-Christian, anti-Zionists and so forth…if I were the Israelis, just as Barry Obama snubbed them, I would tell this WH that Barry Obama is not welcome to visit God’s Jerusalem.

Nearly $16.7 trillion budget deficit and a politician to campaign each and every day with his sights on taking control of the Senate and House to assure that his intent to weaken our nation in every way is achieved….Wake up and no to knives or any policy changes to aircraft procedures and passenger carry-ons…Anything questionable, yet permitted, in the storage bins below.

The dysfunctional and emotional sometimes indifferent ways of Americans, some who vote only a man’s color of skin when in fact this half white man has left Black America itself in higher unemployment each year, well, this man must be impeached and his way thwarted by Congressional action and those in the populace who truly understand that our nation is under peril from Barry Obama and now, today, I see an ad on television with Michelle Obama who I saw on late night tv moving her hips in such elegant style for a first lady of this great nation which she and he could care less about other than to impose their biased way and a media/press who are wet behind their ears and have little knowledge of what made America and how much we have sacrificed and given to help the oppressed only to see an every imposing government and poverty overtake so, so many…

Madame Secretary of Homeland Security just as Hillary Clinton and Barry Obama spoke the empty words – the buck stops with me – your lies are many these past recent days w/respect to cuts and attempts to paint a picture which has scared many Americans and how dare you allow prisoners to be permitted to go free into our streets…how dare you even consider knives or anything else which may threaten our well being on the aircraft….that which is considered legal, but could be used to inflict harm, well, place it in the belly of the plane, not in the pocket of some passenger next to anyone of us to cause even the littlest disruption…

To the American people and even to those who have supported this moron in the WH, get a Life and get over yourselves and look at so, so many who have given Life or limb for Liberty and with pride standing forthright in our Judeo-Christian values and recall the words of Frederick Douglass as you call the WH and your corrupt and self-serving Representatives and demand that the WH reopen our White House and allow the volunteers to show our pride each and very day to visitor, the same house which Barry Obama’s pals as depicted by obvious his closeness to the Islamic Muslim Brotherhood in sending $1.5 bln and F-16’s at taxpayer expense, but the politics continues and like a schoolboy as he is and in all his incompetencies other than his manipulative ways….demand that the – volunteers – reopen and guide those of us as proud Americans through the White House, the same WH which the terrorists were en route via aircraft to destroy because it is the heart of America which Barry Obama continues to thrust his sword into in pledge to his mentors, Bill Ayers, Hussein Obama, Ungor, Saiid, and so forth and Frederick Douglas describes America and such support among the populace which is waning in these last few days, but states:

“Find out just what People will submit to, and you have found the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both” –

So many have been duped, so many have heard nothing more than empty political orations and now, more than four years later, no budget, no cuts and other than outright murder in killing eight month babies which this WH supports in abortions…this nation is in peril and when we talk about knives or other on aircraft when we have witnessed and experienced 911 and the “Benghazi Massacre” and the intimidating ways which Barry Obama has used in every election since first running for office…I remind you to look at not only the now tattered edges of our Constitution, but to the words of James Madison:

“If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be under the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. But, in reality it will be an Enemy from within” –

To those who have license to carry concealed weapon – for all lawful purpose – do not be intimidated and demand that these same funds being sent to nations globally where we are not wanted and have no business anyways…take the monies and help the mentally ill where ER staff do not have any place to send the many who suffer from mental illness. The illustrious Mayor of New York who is so willing to spend millions and millions of his billions, instead of trying to manipulate elections, help the mentally ill…We on “Main Street USA” are becoming more and more enlightened to the corrupt ways of those We “entrust” to serve the community and see such self-serving ways….

Read the words of Isaiah verse 5, “The whole head is sick, and the whole heart is faint” –

Wake up. While Madame Secretary allows prisoners under her agency to just let free because of scare tactics these last few days…

Wake up! As a frequent flyer, I believe fellow passengers would agree we need not worry whether some guy has a knife on his, whatever the size.

Wake up!

Recall the words of Samuel Adams, “No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can they be so easily subdued, when knowledge is wide spread and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are unwisely ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without Aid of foreign invaders” –

No to knives on board! Barry Obama, enough is enough…Open the doors of our White House and allow the volunteers to show us our White House for your intentional insult is not welcomes and we remember on 911, the White House which terrorists aimed to destroy if it were not for other brave Americans who said, No! Our pride and spirit madame Secretary, Barry Obama, Hillary Clinton and all who mock our laws and some how believe you are above the laws of this nation because of the privilege we have “entrusted” you with, We here on “Main Street USA” who are neither Republican or Democrat and more importantly, proud Americans unlike Michelle Obama…well, Open the doors of the WH and some advice from an elder to those who see the stock market surge and best described in a warning to you by Aubie Baltin, “Using history as our guide, the new wealthy will be those who had wisdom to get out of paper money before the Breakdown of the current financial system” –

God Bless America!

We as the people are proud Americans and we shall never forget our four brave American Patriots left behind at the “Benghazi Massacre” –

Christopher Tingus
Independent Voters of Cape Cod
PO Box 1612
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA 02645

Comment by Michael Brady

March 5, 2013 @ 10:44 pm


“TSA Administrator John S. Pistole made the decision to start allowing the following items in carry-on bags beginning April 25th…”

What, April 1st was taken?

Comment by Michael Brady

March 5, 2013 @ 11:29 pm


Been thinking on this a bit. Admittedly, sporting implements such as these are not the stuff of offense, but one could mount a pretty serious defense without exceeding Administrator Pistole’s BOGSAT limits.

So, shall we expect to see grown men packing 24 ounce little league bats in their carry-ons? Clink, clank. Oops, sorry!


Or perhaps a two-piece pool cue will become the well-prepared business traveler’s must have accessory for 2013.


Perhaps there’s time to start a Defenseless No More Frequent Flier Eskrima franchise.

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 6, 2013 @ 12:00 am

Again the fundamental flaw is that airport security if it existed would probably have been a better strategy than airline security.

Ever wonder how other nation-states do transportation security? Any open source analysis?

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