For years I have dreamed of being able to do some woodworking during the many nights I spend in hotels across the country. However, even pilots have not dodged the scrutiny of the TSA. So for the last twelve years I haven’t been able to bring even the smallest knife to work – much less a chisel and a saw. When I read the news last month that the TSA was going to allow small knives back on board the aircraft I was overjoyed. Unfortunately many of my fellow crew members were not nearly as happy about it and made their voices heard.
I was all ready to order my cheap folding chip carving knife to be able to practice chip carving in the hotel rooms. Alas, the TSA caved in to the pressure even though there are things permitted on the aircraft today that could be much more dangerous than a small knife (have you seen those 12″ knitting needles!?)
Today was supposed to be the day that the new policy went into effect. So, I guess I’ll have to leave that knife on my wish list and hope that maybe, someday, they realize that if I already have the controls to the airplane in my hands, maybe I can be trusted with a small knife.