A freind of my mother just got back from a trip to Florida (by air). On
the way down, they asked if she had any sharp edged implements, which
she did, as she had her knitting kit with her, which included a small
She had to check that into her baggage, but could keep her knitting
(along with a selection of 8-16 inch long steel and aluminum pointy
knitting needles) on the flight. On the way back, she denied that she
carried any cutting implements and got through security and was on the
plane without a problem.
So it seems that the rule against any edged device is as useless a rule,
which depends on trusting passengers to tell the thruth, as those stupid
questions they ask you at the ticket counter about your luggage being
Once again, it is evident: the only way to keep airliners safe is to
either strip and cavity search every passenger, or else arm
Here's an idea: all passengers must remain in straight jackets for the
entire flight. I bet that would go over like a lead balloon.
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