TSA, still taking our moisturizer, but not our pocketknives
It's an exciting week for people who like to fly with their small knives, novelty bats, billiard cues, ski poles, lacrosse sticks and golf clubs. On Wednesday, the Transportation Security Administration announced that for the first time since 2001, they're all welcome aboard your next flight starting April 25. Your Swiss Army knife need never fly cargo again!
The TSA says the move will allow the organization "to better devote its efforts to finding higher threat items such as explosives," which means your 3.5-oz. shampoo is still a threat to freedom. And reassuringly, box cutters, big old daggers and MLB-size bats are still unwelcome in the cabins. Yet some surviving family members of the victims of the 9/11 attacks that forever changed the face of travel disagree with the new standards. Debra Burlingame, whose brother was the pilot of the plane that crashed into the Pentagon, says that "small pocketknives can be just as lethal as the box cutters that are still banned." And the mother of a firefighter killed in the World Trade Center told USA Today this week she was "flabbergasted" by the change.