It's kind of strange that a heated debate going on right now would include whether to let people carry knives onto a plane or not? Is it just me or does this sound like the dumbest question I have ever heard in my life? Granted pocket knives have their limitations and are more common in pockets than actual money but they are what they are: Knives.
Now the issue at hand is that certain lawmakers feel that more time should be focused on bomb detection rather than countless hours taking away pocket knives. Okay, that sounds great and all but aren't we sending out the message that individual safety takes a back seat to majority safety? Someone can still do damage to a number of individuals before being detained with such a weapon but as long as the majority stays safe then obviously it must be okay.
For passengers, it's only common sense to remove all weapons when trying to board a plane. If you are caught with one and lose it, then I feel it is your own fault because you could have "checked" it in your luggage which is acceptable. If people become repeat offenders and keep wasting the time of the airport, then I say "fine them".
But TSA chief John Pistole says he stands by his decision:
"The fact is there are so many objects already on flights that can cause the type of harm you're talking about..."
Then we should just let things slide right? It's only an added safety concern for passengers but airports should focus on only the major threats not the minor. Bottom line is: if I'm not allowed to take with me more than 3.4 oz.'s of perfume or a snow globe purchased as a gift, then you better believe I'm against you carrying a pocket KNIFE with you on board.