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  •  So having the flight attendant's throat cut (3+ / 0-)
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    doesn't count?

    Nice.

    Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

    by Sirenus on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 06:49:42 AM PST

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    •  We don't know exactly (0+ / 0-)

      what tools they used to kill the crews on 9/11.  It is assumed that some of the terrorists had box cutters, and it is also known that a couple of the terrorists owned leatherman tools that were not found with their belongings after the events.

      If you listen to Betty Ong's call to the ground on 9/11, she states that her purser and galley flight attendants were STABBED.  Those were her words.  Regardless, plenty of damage can be done with a small pocket knife if the victim isn't ready for it - or, like me, is 5'3" and 110 lbs and trying to fend off a nut job.  I'm sure I will have the help of other passengers - but why let the nuts have weapons, too?  And before you go on about my paranoid fantasies, I've had 3 instances of violent behavior on flights in my 23 years (and another instance of a pax having a mental break that didn't come to violence but was scary all the same.) Thankfully those instances "only" involved my fellow crewmembers being assaulted with the perpetrator's bare hands.  

      I do not agree with the logic that just because they are "small" knives, they don't matter.  Nor do I agree with the logic that so many other things can be used as weapons, so why not let ACTUAL weapons on board. Why make it easier for those who would do harm?

    •  You are deliberately misstating what I said (0+ / 0-)

      What is the problem that the ban on pocketknives addresses today? Because it's no longer necessary to protect against flights being highjacked.

      It can somewhat reduce the risk of a flight attendant or other passenger being seriously injured. But how often does that happen, except as part of a highjacking, which, due to other measures, is now bound to fail?

      What reason is there to believe that seemingly random violent acts will become a problem on flights if the ban is lifted?

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