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Monday, August 15, 2005

Thank God! Ted Nugent Can Fly Again!

In this article in the WaPo, it's claimed that the TSA is reviewing its policies on what is and what is not allowed into the flight cabin.

The new head of the Transportation Security Administration has called for a broad review of the nation's air security system to update the agency's approach to threats and reduce checkpoint hassles for passengers.

...The staff's first set of recommendations, detailed in an Aug. 5 document, includes proposals to lift the ban on various carry-on items such as scissors, razor blades and knives less than five inches long. It also proposes that passengers no longer routinely be required to remove their shoes at security checkpoints.

Whew! Finally some sanity is returning to the airline flight process. Perhaps this will cut down on ridiculous experiences like on a recent flight, where Kid Various had his $.79 bic lighter confiscated from him, yet when the food was rolled out (at least he thinks it was food) was given a metal fork and knife!!!

And of course we all know the dangers posed to the travelling public by terrorists with nail files and knitting needles.

Of course, in reading further down the article, Kid Various saw some things that started to make him think the pendulum was perhaps swinging too far in the other direction.

The proposal also would allow ice picks, throwing stars and bows and arrows on flights. Allowing those items was suggested after a risk evaluation was conducted about which items posed the most danger.

Throwing stars??? Has anyone really had a problem not being able to stow their throwing stars in luggage except for travellers on Air Ninja?

In case of sudden decompression, wazikashi will drop from the overhead cabin for you to commit seppuku. Thank you for flying Air Ninja!

And who besides Ted Nugent has been hampered by not being able to bring their bow and arrow onboard? Ted, you rock, but it's just not that much challenge to hunt a buck on an Airbus 380 - even if they do close that curtain behind business class.

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