The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) is the arm of the feds that issues ultimatums about what’s allowed on planes. It’s very interesting to note that they cite employee morale as a big reason for the impending announcement about loosening restrictions on sharp implements. TSA staffers, whose ranks were cut drastically three years ago and many of whom haven’t had a raise in that time, spend inordinate amounts of time opening suitcases to remove scissors–1 in 4 bags according to this Washington Post story.
I’m glad they’re reconsidering the regulations. The screeners are going crazy with boredeom and frustration (turnover is 23% a year), many passengers think the restrictions are ridiculous (after all, my keys are just as sharp and capable of being used as a weapon as some of the things they disallow), and the massive number of hours being wasted while people remove their shoes, jewelry, etc. are not paying off in finding “bad guys.”
Reasonable precautions are good. Living in fear over potential danger from every other person and from hundreds of simple things is called paranoia in medical circles. Go ahead and loosen, TSA. Any time is a good time to stop being paranoid.