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Swalwell applauds reversal of TSA knives policy

Original post made on Apr 23, 2013

Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) Monday praised the decision by TSA to delay implementation of its revised prohibited items policy that would allow certain knives and sporting equipment onboard airplanes.

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Comments (10)

Posted by JT, a resident of Stoneridge
on Apr 23, 2013 at 9:04 am

More congressional meddling and grandstanding. Let the experts do their jobs, Congressman. The TSA is using science and hard data to balance public safety and the efficient use of travel security resources. Do you seriously think air passengers are going to start attacking one another and their flight crews with nail clippers and swiss army knives? Flight crews naturally want 100% safety and full control over their passengers, but they are working in an airplane, so pen knives have to rank pretty low on the risk list. All TSA search and seizure practices should be balanced against personal rights and objectively analysed for efficacy and efficiency.


Posted by Chancey, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 23, 2013 at 9:36 am

OMG, it's beginning to look like Swalwell is just as crazy as Stark (well, maybe not THAT crazy, but still plenty crazy). Banning pen knives is just ignorant. If they think pen knives are that dangerous, then they better ban those bottles of booze they serve on planes. It's plenty easy to break one of those and have a weapon much more dangerous than a pen knife. Oh, I forgot, most left-wing-loon politicians love their booze.
I suppose the next thing these liberal jackasses will propose, after the Boston bombing, is to ban pressure cookers, nails, ball bearings, black powder, circuit boards (they go all your gadgets), cell phones, back packs, and automobiles.


Posted by Chemist, a resident of Downtown
on Apr 23, 2013 at 9:53 am

Stalwell is just following the Democratic Party line. No data. No science. Just sound bites: ban those knives; ban those guns; ban those plastic bags; ban everything. Solve no real problems: just create more and more useless laws and regulations, then raise taxes through the roof to enforce the useless laws and fund the creation of more useless laws and regulations.


Posted by Carlos, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Apr 23, 2013 at 10:57 am

I can understand why people would object to small pocket knives on airplanes. But what about these new ceramic kitchen knives that are razor sharp and able pass through metal detectors? Also, how long will it be before someone comes up with a low powered firearm made of ceramics and polymers?

carlos


Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on Apr 23, 2013 at 12:25 pm

I personally have no problems with small knives being allowed on board aircraft. As for those here trying to make statements about Swalwell's position and democratic or liberal "party lines", I doubt that the split in Congress for those for and against the new policy falls along party lines.

As for weapons and metal detectors, I believe that the new detection technologies go far beyond simple metal detectors. The full-body scans that I've gone through at airports could probably pick out ceramic knives.


Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on Apr 23, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Chancey wrote: "I suppose the next thing these liberal jackasses will propose, after the Boston bombing, is to ban pressure cookers, nails, ball bearings, black powder, circuit boards (they go all your gadgets), cell phones, back packs, and automobiles."

If anyone ever develops a type of pressure cooker, cell phone, back pack, or automobile (etc.) that is specifically designed to kill people then, yes, we should control those items too.

You don't make the other side look silly when you use simplistic reasoning. You only make yourself look silly.


Posted by member, a resident of Birdland
on Apr 23, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Just read all the tea party rant. Of course they and their like dont like any government! Do away with stop lights no infringement for me! So sad.


Posted by Chancey, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 24, 2013 at 10:46 am

Sam,
So, you just made yourself look silly though the use of your simplistic reasoning. Left wing loon politicians ban all sorts of things that aren't specifically designed to kill people, pen knives being one of them. These loons need to get the hell out of our lives.


Posted by Jimmy Joe Bob, a resident of Grey Eagle Estates
on Apr 24, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Sorry, can't resist..."Left wing loon politicians ban all sorts of things that aren't specifically designed to kill people, pen knives being one of them" Wonderfully simplistic logic to support simplistic thinking. Pen knives, pressure cookers are not specifically designed to kill people...but they are used to do so.


Posted by billy bob thornton, a resident of Grey Eagle Estates
on Apr 26, 2013 at 8:36 am

"Pen knives, pressure cookers are not specifically designed to kill people...but they are used to do so." And they are used for many other things as well. But, while we're generalizing and wringing our collective hands, let's not forget the common denominator in all of these instances: Islamic terrorists. Selective profiling of groups that obviously fit the description of the perps that keep attacking our citizens will go much farther in preventing attacks than screening for utensils.
Unfortunately, we still allow political correctness to outweigh common sense.


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