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Friday, July 20, 2007

From The DUH Files - Again

TSA to lift ban on flying with cigarette lighters

Authorities found that banning most devices did little to make flying safer

Updated: 2 hours, 59 minutes ago

NEW YORK - Airline passengers will be able to bring many types of cigarette lighters on board again starting next month after authorities found that a ban on the devices did little to make flying safer, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Friday.

The agency also announced that it was changing its policy on breast milk, and will allow mothers with or without children to carry more than three ounces onto planes.
Uh, no shit. Have you ever tried to light breat milk with a lighter? It's a pain in the ass.
Starting Aug. 4, air travelers will be allowed to carry disposable butane lighters, such as Bics, and refillable lighters, including Zippos, the TSA said. A prohibition will continue on torch-style lighters, which have hotter flames.
The agency said it costs close to $4 million to dispose of the more than 22,000 lighters it seizes every day.
Aha! There's the real crux of the situation. It isn't really because they're afraid someone is going to light the plane on fire, it costs them too much money to dispose of the lighters!

Again I say, if a well trained psycho really wanted to cause trouble on a plane, it wouldn't take any sort of weapon. There are any number of holds, blows, kicks and so on that can be used in place of say, a nail file or eyeglass repair screwdriver, to kill someone.



Aisby said...

I mean really, you could kill someone with your bare hands if you wanted to, so are they going to start requiring amputations before boarding?

curmudgeon said...

Probably not. They'll probably just make everyone wear belly chains or handcuffs.