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Why Don’t We Just Let Box Cutters Back on Planes Too?

Thursday, December 22, 2005, 20:18 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

The federal Transportation Security Administration has put into effect the most recent changes to its list of items that cannot be brought onto aircraft via carry-on baggage or on a passenger’s person. A sampling of items that are and are not allowed:

PROHIBITED PERMITTED
  • billy clubs
  • brass knuckles
  • mace/pepper spray
  • stun guns
  • dynamite
  • hand grenades
  • plastic explosives
  • gas torches
  • lighters
  • tear gas
  • sharp-tipped scissors
  • serrated or pointed-blade knives
  • box cutters
  • ice picks
  • meat cleavers
  • sabers/swords
  • drills
  • hammers
  • cattle prods
  • guns
  • pool cues
  • cigar cutters
  • corkscrews
  • knitting needles
  • nail files
  • blunt-tipped scissors
  • umbrellas
  • walking canes
  • non-serrated plastic or round-blade knives
  • screwdrivers 7 inches or less in length

Seems to make sense—no meat cleavers, pepper spray, or dynamite. Then again, can’t a 7-inch screwdriver plunged into the chest be just as deadly as a 7-inch knife? What’s the difference between being beaten with a walking cane versus a pool cue? Can’t the blade of a disassembled cigar cutter be used in the same manner as the blade of a box cutter?

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