TERRORISM: And now the silliness starts

From: Robert J. Bradbury (bradbury@aeiveos.com)
Date: Thu Sep 13 2001 - 15:25:09 MDT

>From the NY Times:

on new air travel restrictions:
"No knives of any material allowed to be carried on board. Federal rules
previously allowed up to a four-inch blades. Metal knives for food service
would be banned also."

That's great, that means when you pay $2000-3000 dollars for a
business class international ticket, you are going to be sitting
there in this nice fancy chair, with a nice cloth napkin draped
over your tray table, with your nice glass of wine, cutting up
a nice meal (by airline standards) with a chincy plastic knife.

I understand why, but by the same logic, shouldn't the forks be
plastic as well?

I can see the headlines now -- "Airlines grounded around the world
as airline meal preparation managers scramble for plastic knives",
"Price gouging reported by plastic knife distributors", and "Airlines
forced to increase ticket prices due to requirements for feeding
premashed food to passengers".

There is a great patent opportunity here for someone to design
a new piece of silverware that can be used to cut up food but
cannot be easily used to attack and injure people.



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