Uncut: TSA knives decision was the right one

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by JOHN McCAA

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Posted on June 7, 2013 at 9:13 PM

It passed without much fanfare this week, but a decision by the TSA deserves some recognition.

It's this week's Uncut commentary.

A couple of months ago, the TSA announced plans to allow small knives back on planes. There's been a ban since the 9/11 attacks. Permitting small knives, they argued, would allow greater concentration on explosives and other threats.

This week they reversed that plan -- the ban will continue.

Good.

The original idea never made sense to me, or to many flying professionals.

The men who commandeered planes 12 years ago and sent all on board to their doom carried the equivalent of small knives. Like it or not, the 9/11 hijackers and their wannabe admirers dragged all of us into a different world. That is sad, but nevertheless the truth.

If we've learned anything, it is that small, sharp edges like knives or box cutters can be just as dangerous as guns or dynamite in the wrong hands.

We've got enough to worry about... no need to learn that painful lesson again.

Those are my thoughts, send me your thoughts at jmccaa@wfaa.com.

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