Pointlessly playing with sharp objects
In The Chronicle today there is an AP article about how the TSA is contemplating relaxing the rules on things that can be carried onto aircraft. Knives and box cutters are still to be banned, but scissors and screwdrivers and such will be allowed. Personally, I think the TSA is missing an opportunity here. As we learned on Flight 93, people are not willing to be sheep anymore. And testing has shown quite conclusively that gunfire on an aircraft will NOT cause people to get sucked out of the plane or cause explosive decompression or all the stuff hollywood likes to make people think. The TSA should allow and ENCOURAGE CCW permit holders to carry thier firearms onto the plane. CCW permit holders have been trained, they have had background checks, and are generally law abiding people. THEY are not the sort of people you need to worry about hijacking a plane. But I tell you what, if I ever find myself in a situation like the passengers aboard Flight 93, I'd sure like a few of them on the plane with me. Perhaps then the TSA can stop worrying whether granny with her knitting needles is a threat and maybe concentrate on screening the cargo instead. Or pay attention to the arabic gentleman that is acting nervous and looks like he's high on crank or something instead of groping and cavity searching my wife. Yes, I'm advocating racial profiling. Why? Well, how many of the 9/11 hijackers were women travelling with thier kids or grannies carrying knitting needles? Political correctness be damned, this is war, and we know what the enemy combatants look like, use your friggin brain for something other than keeping your ears from rubbing together!