Delta Air Lines CEO opposes TSA policy on knives

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  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    March 10, 2013 8:14 p.m.

    As a former pilot for 18 years and working as a flight safety officer for 15 years to investigate and hopefully keep accidents from happening again, this process to allow some types of knives due to pilots and TSA security people having weapons is not the best idea or change in policy.

    The total price of knives confiscated or left at security is cheaper than even one more hijacked or other terrorist activity on an aircraft. The hazard analysis and risk assessment does not appear to have been done correctly. Let down your guard or show some complacency, the enemy will find that hole and take advantage of the process.

    It is similar to the concealed guns with permits help alleviate some crime as the criminal side doesn't know who is carrying a self-defense weapon. In this case, if people don't have knives of whatever specification, crews and security onboard are less susceptible to having an incident such as 9/11/2001.

    It is still sad to think that people in the various portions of government knew of a potential problem but didn't highlight those issues through the proper channel, even though there was not exactly a channel.

  • Rosebyanyothername Home Town USA, UT
    March 9, 2013 7:01 p.m.

    It would be a lot easier if they had padded envelopes and a way for the traveler to mail it to themselves. It might be extra work for someone else, but sparing the confiscated knife. I lost a good pair of hair cutting scissors in San Antonio, TX years ago, in 2002. mailing them to myself would have been nice. But the U.S. post office may not want to be going into the airport though for pick ups.

    I would have lost my small pink Army Swiss knife in Cincinnati (2010) but I had my son wait outside at the curb until I went through in the event I didn't pass security. I called him and he came back in to retrieve my knife and mailed it to me.

    There might be all kinds of objections (comments) to the feasibility of mailing the item to yourself. Where there is a will, why not a way? Accommodate the customer. ??

  • Monsieur le prof Sandy, UT
    March 9, 2013 3:57 p.m.

    There is nothing that Americans can't do that they won't do to excess. Witness the latest brouhahah about gun control. The banning of nail clippers was the pinnacle for me. I would prefer to carry a toiletries bag with a decent size shaving cream container than to carry a knife onto a flight(I sincerely doubt that anyone would be able to highjack a plane even with a knife these days. He would be stomped to death by irate passengers who are tired of flight interruptions).

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    March 9, 2013 6:59 a.m.

    Yeah, whatever. When TSA felt compelled to confiscate my shaving cream was about the same time I knew the whole airport security thing had reached a ridiculous low. What am I going to do? Storm the cockpit threatening to shave everyone?