Hopefully, your answer is "never."
Granted, there are those who go on hunting and fishing trips who need to take along a fillet knife or a hunting blade — but in those cases, it’s likely to be packed in your checked luggage.
There’s simply no need to bring a knife on a flight.
It’s our opinion that the recent decision by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration to allow pocketknives with blades smaller that 2.36 inches in length with a width of less than a half-inch on board planes in carry-on bags needs to be re-routed.
TSA leaders argue that the change is part of a “risk-based strategy approach” and will allow officers to focus on uncovering high-threat items such as explosives hidden in luggage.
While a bomb is more likely to bring an airplane down than compared to a pocketknife, one shouldn’t take precedence over the other. Neither have a place on any flight and shouldn’t be allowed.
This is an irresponsible decision on behalf of the TSA that is absolutely not necessary.
Even more bothersome is that the airline industry was not consulted by the TSA before making the decision. The very people whose lives would be put in jeopardy should something go wrong on a flight weren’t even given an opportunity to provide feedback.
How can a good decision be made without sufficient input being provided?
It can’t, and that’s the point.
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