I've heard numerous reports that sharp objects will once again be allowed on planes. According to Yahoo! News and the Associated Press:
Officials want screeners to focus more on finding things that can explode rather than things that are sharp.
the newly relaxed rules would allow scissors under four inches long and tools shorter than seven inches.
Amazing! After several years of posturing, wasting time and harassing passengers, the Homeland Security folks finally came up with an intelligent policy. I found it infuriating that airport screeners had to focus on stupid things like tweezers, small grooming scissors and other relatively harmless items when a skilled terrorist could easily board the plane with cleverly concealed explosives and/or chemical weapons. Frankly, I'd rather all passengers carry sharp objects and not just the terrorists who will find a way to conceal them. We already have the strong doors to keep attackers out of the cockpit so that they can't threaten the pilot. If the bad guys board the planes again with box cutters and can't get to into the cockpit, all they can do it is fight a losing battle against the passengers and the crew. If passengers are carrying sub-4-inch scissors and sub-7-inch tools, they should have a pretty good chance of filleting the hijackers rather than meekly suffering victimization. By allowing passengers to possess items that could be used as improvised weapons and by spending more time looking for big threats like explosives, air travel should become a little safer and a lot more convenient.