TSA Removes Small Items from Prohibited List-Are Passengers Less Safe?

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Airlines.Ws monthly poll asks it readers to vote on whether the TSA's announcement of removing smaller objects including scissors and screwdrivers will put them in harms way.

On December 22nd the TSA (Transportation Security Agency) will remove small scissors, clippers, screw drivers and smaller tools etc from its list of prohibited items. These items will no longer be confiscated.

The agency instead plans on adding more random passenger searches and concentrating on preventing explosives from getting onboard and also removing larger items such as knifes with a cutting edge larger than 4 inches and tools larger than 7 inches.

The idea is that they will be able to keep any prospective terrorist off guard as to when and where random searches are conducted instead of spending time taking nail clippers from regular passenger.

The Airlines and the TSA are in a difficult position trying to keep the flying public safe while not interfering with flight schedules. As Joe Public we can be very demanding , keep us safe and keep us moving. Removing these smaller items from the prohibited list seems to make sense , Pilots are now behind reinforced security doors , air marshals are on more flights and anyone trying to take over a plane with one of these smaller items would most likely find themselves eating dirt off the floor of the plane from passengers that simply wont take this kind of nonsense anymore.

That said, the TSA screeners have confiscated 3 million scissors and 819,450 tools, according to the Homeland Security Department. Assuming the majority are likely to fall into a category of smaller items http://Airlines.Ws asks, Do you feel less secure with these items being removed from the prohibited items list?


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