Holy cow...

From: Roger Merchberger <zmerch_at_30below.com>
Date: Sat Aug 7 08:27:37 2004

Rumor has it that David V. Corbin may have mentioned these words:
> >eyeglass screwdrivers and even nail files were taken off the list later
>last year.
> >I'm glad to hear that. But they shouldn't have
>Just after 9/11, my son daughter-in-lay...

I gotta ask: Typo, Freudian slip or exact description of the situation? :-O ;^>

>[snip]...After they got home by son
>realized he had a swiss army knife in an inner coat pocket [a letal weapon
>compared to a baby's fork!] that was noit detected by the same guard at the
>same time.

Admittedly, I haven't flown since 9/11, but I flew just before that, and
airport security had no problem with my leatherman. I removed it where you
"remove all metallic objects" right with my belt, they asked me what it
was, I said "Pliers." No problem... 2 knife blades, a saw blade that could
easily rip off a finger (or jugular) or just adding weight to my punch to
give it more "punch." ;-)


At least for the US, what we need for "Midflight Security" is a revival of
the "minuteman" concept for flying. There should be a *totally volunteer*
photo ID system of anyone willing to lay down their life in defense of the
country[1], and they get to walk on with any type and quantity of
non-projectile weapon(s) of their choice.

"But what happens when a bad apple gets a card and tries to use it" you
ask? 10 "Good apples" could easily subdue the bad one, and said "bad apple"
is tried & convicted of treason and hanged[2][3].

Despite the fact that I'm old and fat, if I have my leatherman on me and
know that there's a darned good chance 5 more people have similar, I'd go
up against a couple of bastards with boxcutters...


Roger "Merch" Merchberger

[1] World, for that matter...
[2] Or shot... I could live with shot... ;-)
[3] Assuming he survives... Attempting to hijack a plane with a bunch of
good guys with knives on board could prove fatal...

Roger "Merch" Merchberger   | "Bugs of a feather flock together."
sysadmin, Iceberg Computers |           Russell Nelson
zmerch_at_30below.com          |
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