The TSA, an agency known for spending excessive amounts of energy and money to avoid miniscule risks, declared that it was safe to take Swiss army knives and similar sports equipment onto planes.
Then a bunch of scared fools complained. They complained so loudly that the TSA had to back down.
This is how the terrorists win - when we become so scared of them that we give up minor liberties in exchange for ZERO increased safety.
The TSA does not say that the weapons and sports equipment (golf clubs for example) are dangerous. Instead the TSA continues to insist that they pose no danger to the aircraft.
But do admit that they can be used to harm individual passengers. Big deal. So can eyeglasses. I'm not talking about eyeglass ground into a shiv. I mean regular normal, unaltered eyeglasses.
Not to mention what you can do with an ordinary, non-sharp piece of alkali metal and the water they give you on the plane.
The devices they are preventing are NOT in any way a danger to the plane, nor are they any more dangerous to airline passengers, air-marshals, or stewards than everything else they let passengers take on a plane.
They are being outlawed because of stupidity, not logic.
The TSA has no business attempting to control people and protect people. It's their job to prevent terrorist related crime, not all crime. Attempting to prevent all crime is way too expensive and a massive invasion of our civil rights.
The cowardly morons that are too stupid to realize how deadly your belt, crutches, eyeglasses,rings, etc are helping the terrorists to win. They are wasting our money, our time, and slowly eroding our personal rights.
The search and removal of such items - which is NOT done in other countries - takes up time and effort of the TSA.
More importantly, it lets the terrorists perform simple blocking maneuvers without any risk. I.E. they send a shill with a simple Swiss army knife who complains loudly when they take it away, distracting the TSA and taking their attention while the real terrorists breezes through the checkpoint with a perfunctory check.
This is a sad day in American History. Logic and wisdom has lost to fear and stupidity.