Thursday, March 7, 2013

Why the TSA Knife Policy is a Big Mistake

The TSA announced this week that they will allow knives of a certain size back on aircraft.

Their reasoning is that the cockpit doors, strengthened since the 9/11 attack, are unlikely to be breached by knife wielding terrorists.  As former TSA head Kip Hawley told CNN “Sharp objects can no longer bring down aircraft”.

Personally I am staggered by the ignorance of such a statement.

Oftentimes in business and in Life when we are confronted by obstacles, the best way to overcome the obstacle is to find a way around it if it is indeed to strong to be overrun directly.

I wonder how many pilots, being good husbands, wives, parents and grandparents, could stand to leave the door locked if they suddenly hear the sounds of flight attendants or passengers being attacked by knife-wielding passengers.

Or the sounds of children being tortured.

I couldn’t.  I’d rather open the door and take my chances, otherwise I may be flying a cargo of dead passengers anyway - passengers who died slowly and painfully.

I would imagine that most human beings would be unable to sit there doing nothing and would open the door regardless of what they are taught or ordered to do.  The passengers are in fact the weakest link, being the Trojan Horse that can penetrate any door.

Can we be anything but human when people are in danger?

Human beings are wired to help those in need.

This powerful instinct cannot be easily removed or rewired by a memo or a piece of legislation - thankfully.

After all, isn’t this one of the things that sets us apart from “other” animals ?

Everything happens for a reason

It should be noted that everything in our world happens for a reason.

And in a few years when this tactic is used to commandeer another aircraft, we will all act surprised.

Well … most of us will.

But somewhere it will have served someone’s purpose.

I wonder whose.

We may be surprised to know the answer.

In service and servanthood,


PS Here is one flight attendant’s view on the matter.  Do you agree or disagree?

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