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A solution for air travel restricted items?

2004.08.17 — Culture | Travel | Terrorism | by Derek Jensen

Victorinox Classic

Victorinox Classic: national security threat? [source]

Those bastards at the airport confiscated another of my pocket knives. I'm weaponless now. You couldn't take over an airplane with a pocket knife these days; it just couldn't happen now. But maybe you could defend one.

I've carried a little folding knife since I got one from an older cousin as a high school graduation present. I've lost several since then, but I've always quickly replaced them. They're invaluable for opening store packages and gift boxes. I'm frequently asked for it at family gatherings.

Most of my knives have been the Victorinox Classic. Victorinox makes a whole line of terrific, genuine Swiss Army knives.

Some have been Wengers. Wenger is another maker of genuine Swiss Army knives. Wenger makes excellent knives that use a different spring mechanism for the scissors which is hardier (however, they don't work if the scissors start to fold up as you use them). Wenger scissors also are slightly serrated, which leaves my fingernails with weird ridges. These are the things you learn if you carry something nearly every day for 20 years.

Yes. I use my pocket knife scissors to trim my nails. They make a clean cut instead of little nibbles, and they don't make that awful clipping sound. So screw you.

I have this idea that the FAA should implement special security pouches for air travelers.

All the security hassle seems unnecessary anyway. I have this idea that the FAA should implement special security pouches for air travelers. You buy this bright red pouch (about the size of a bank pouch) that you can put restricted items in: scissors, knives, screw drivers, matches, lighters, etc.

This gets inspected along with your other bags at security; then they seal the zipper with sticky tape with security markings. From then on, you're not allowed to break the seal and open the bag until you get to your destination. If anyone sees you trying to get into a security pouch, they should alert security, whether you're on the plane or at the gate.

If anyone sees you trying to get into a restricted-item pouch, they should alert security....

It's not perfect. You could break the security seal in a bathroom stall before you board. But maybe a last-minute inspection of security pouches at the gate would reduce such risks. Your boarding pass could be given a red mark to indicate you have a security pouch that should be checked at boarding time.

The point is: A frequent flier shouldn't have to keep losing virtually harmless little pocket knives or little old ladies their pocketbook scissors. It's just stupid.


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