We're hearing a lot on the news about allowing small knives on airlines, and I've got an opinion to share with you. Since, I worked for an airline (TWA) for thirty-six years I have strong opinions on this issue.
Even a small knife or a pair of manicure scissors is enough to kill a person if it's in the hands of someone who knows how to use the instrument, and is deranged enough to use the item to maim someone. Oh, but hey, the risk factor is low.
What does the TSA mean by saying the risk factor is low in having small knives on board an airline? They mean the risk factor is so low that it's not likely to happen, and it would only affect one or two people and not the whole plane like an explosion would.
All of this is true, but what if your family member had a pair of scissors or small knife stuck in their carotid artery and bled to death; would you think the risk factor was low? Another thing you might ask yourself is: Who carries the burden of protecting the passengers on the airlines? Is it TSA or the airline?
Can you sue the TSA if someone is killed on board an airline because they allowed small knives to go through, or will the airline be sued? The airlines have been in trouble for many years, and they can't afford more lawsuits.
I am totally against any objects being carried on board an airplane, whether sharp or dull, because they can be used as a weapon in the right hands. I suggest the TSA should do their jobs, or else replace them.
My hubby retired from an airline, too, but he worked for a contractor hired by the TSA as security at our local airport for two years. His insight is that the TSA doesn't want to do their job, and since they're a part of Homeland Security you have to wonder what kind of job they're doing.
TSA and sub-contractors working for the TSA were trained to search for all sharp instruments including knives, razor blades, etc. If they don't have to do that job now then they are only doing 75% of the job they should be doing. He calls them a bunch of nincompoops.
How do you feel about knives being carried on airplanes? Do you think it's worth the risk?
Have a great week, and I'll see you next Sunday.
Sandra K. Marshallhttp://www.eirelander-publishing.com