Do you know why knives were banned on planes? It is because knives were the cause of deaths and also gave way to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. And now, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is moving to allow passengers to carry small knives on their flights soon. Now this new rule is purely stupefying.
According to the TSA, hijacking procedures are not the same anymore and that there is lesser probability of knife-carrying terrorists to enter the cockpit. Another argument is that sharp objects can no longer cause airplanes to go down. I repeat — airplanes, not humans.
Long story short, if a terrorists takes a passenger as hostage, the cabin crew will have to leave you alone. They cannot help you. Is that right?
Let’s take a few moments to analyze this new TSA rule. Bottled water and shampoo aren’t allowed on board. But knives are? That’s tantamount to declaring that the presence of these liquids pose a greater threat than the presence of a small but sharp object that can be used as a deadly weapon. I don’t know about the general public, but I think this is simply outrageous.
There is a specific reason why airport screening takes up a considerable amount of your check-in time and why the lines are all clogged up during this process. Read: SAFETY. There you go. We don’t need to compromise safety for shorter checkpoints. Yes, allowing passengers to carry knives on the plane will make the screeners’ jobs easier, lessen the chance of having irate passengers, and ultimately cut your check-in time at the airport. But when it comes to looking at the lesser evil (or the greater good, for that matter), safety should be considered above all.
So, do you want the TSA to allow passengers to carry knives on aircrafts? Share your own opinion regarding this controversial rule.
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