Tsa Backs Off Allowing Pocket Knives On Planes

Collectors Corner: Pocket Knives

TSA Administrator John Pistole, a former top FBI official, had in March proposed dropping the ban on small knives and other items now routinely confiscated at checkpoints. Mr. Pistole and TSA security experts had concluded that no one was going to hijack an airplane with a pocket knife, and they wanted TSA screeners to focus on more dangerous threats like bomb materials. After the 2001 terrorist attacks, sturdy locked doors were installed in airplane cockpits and procedures were changed so that a knife attack on someone in the cabin wouldnt let anyone get control of an airplane. Pilots would stay behind the locked door and land the plane. Passengers have shown they rise up against threats as well. Since TSAs responsibility is preventing terrorist attacks, the argument went, screeners need not argue with people when they forget to check their Swiss Army knife and have to confiscate it.
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“I could hear it coming right towards me,” said Capriola. “It sounded like a laser and it hit me in the right leg and knocked me off my feet.” Related Content More: ABC30 apps | News | Weather | Alarm Clock Within seconds the two deputies trench crawled to find cover. Capriola said, “I had a good partner, I told him I was hit, once we got behind cover it he jumped up and he started checking me to see where I got hit from. He saw a hole in my shirt and he thought I had gotten hit in my vest and I told him, no I got hit in the leg, I got hit in the leg.” The bullet did hit Capriola near his right thigh, but there was no blood. “I pulled out my pocket knife, a big chunk was missing,” said Capriola. “The bullet hit my knife.” The perfectly placed knife was in his right pant pocket and blocked the impact. Capriola added, “One inch to the left, one inch to the right or up or down and it would have been a different story.” When backup arrived, deputies arrested four people for carelessly using military style guns.
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Pocket knife stops bullet from striking Fresno County deputy

Pocket knife stops bullet from striking Fresno County deputy

Used for everything from cutting twine and opening packages to gardening, farming, hunting, and carving initials in trees, the pocket knife has a long history. Archaeological digs have unearthed specimens dating back to at least 600 BC, and those specimens document the evolution of the pocket knife from the original, simple peasant’s tool – a single blade that pivoted freely into a handle – to the numerous designs that exist today, including the multi-tooled Swiss Army knife. Over time, variations of the pocket knife arose in response to the performance of varying tasks. One example is the small penknife. Originally developed as a tool for sharpening quill pens, the penknife is now a conveniently discreet means of eliminating loose threads from clothing, scoring coupons from magazines, and cleaning under fingernails. Another example is the camping knife or Swiss Army knife for those times when you’re far from civilization and are in dire need of, not just a blade, but a screwdriver, corkscrew, can opener, pliers, scissors, tweezers, or anything else that can be squeezed into the handle. And, for the geeks among us – the Victorinox SSD offers up to 1TB of high-speed storage in addition to the blade, scissors and nail file/screw driver combo.
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TSA to continue prohibiting carry-on pocket knives on planes

The Flight Attendants Union Coalition, which represents the 90,000 flight attendants on carriers nationwide, blasted the announcement calling it poor and shortsighted. Continued prohibition of these items is an integral layer in making our aviation system secure and must remain in place, the statement said. As the last line of defense in the cabin and key aviation partners, we believe that these proposed changes will further endanger the lives of all Flight Attendants and the passengers we work so hard to keep safe and secure. Razor blades and box-cutters, like those used by the 9/11 terrorists, will still be banned. There is just too much emotion involved with those, Pistole said at the conference.
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TSA to Allow Pocket Knives On Planes

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Opponents of the ban, including flight attendants, welcomed Pistole’s announcement, calling it a victory for airline safety. “Passenger safety is every flight attendant’s top priority and we are pleased to learn that TSA agrees with our approach,” said Laura Glading, president of the Assn. of Professional Flight Attendants, the union representing 16,000 flight attendants for American Airlines. The flight attendants’ union collected signatures from 140 members of Congress who oppose lifting the knife ban.
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