The Transportation Security Administration is abandoning a plan to allow passengers to carry small knives, souvenir bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment onto planes in the face of fierce congressional and industry opposition, the head of the agency said Wednesday.
The reasoning is just absurd. Here’s the reason Pistole said they were making the move:
He said intercepting them takes time that would be better used searching for explosives and other more serious threats. TSA screeners confiscate over 2,000 of the small folding knives a day from passengers.
Basically the argument for loosening the rules is that these items pose no real security threat and take away time that could be better spent looking for real threats. So in his backtracking Pistole naturally said:
By scuttling the plan to drop the knives and sports equipment from TSA’s list of prohibited items, the agency can focus its attention on other priorities, including expanding its Pre-Check program to identify ahead of time travelers who don’t pose a security risk, TSA Administrator John Pistole told The Associated Press.
So they were going to loosen the rules to better focus on security, but now they will not loosen the rules so that they can better focus on — wait for it — security. Huh?
I also saw that 145 jackass congressmen/women wasted their time writing a letter in opposition of loosening the rules, instead of fixing things like the economy. Here’s their letter if you are interested in shaming any of them (two jackasses even signed in green ink, granted their last names are Green, but be original people).