TSA Chief Talks Of Lifting Lighter Ban | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 04.23.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 04.23.14 **
** Airborne 04.21.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 04.21.14 **
** Airborne 04.18.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 04.18.14 **

Fri, Jun 30, 2006

TSA Chief Talks Of Lifting Lighter Ban

...But It Will Take An Act Of Congress

Transportation Security Administration Chief Kip Hawley says it's a case of not seeing the forest through the trees: that screeners are spending so much time looking for recently-prohibited cigarette lighters in carry-on luggage... that they aren't devoting enough time to search for actual bombs.

Hawley made those comments to USA Today Wednesday, adding that forcing screeners to confiscate lighters at checkpoints "is a distraction from the serious nature of finding (bomb) components."

Despite being just one item out of 68 on the list of objects prohibited onboard a commercial airliner, Hawley says lighters make up 80 percent of all items confiscated by screeners.

Unlike the agency's move last December to allow small tools and scissors back into the cabin, however... Hawley says it will take an act of Congress -- literally -- to lift the ban on lighters. You see... lighters are the only items specifically banned from airline cabins by Congress... and that means Congress would have to vote to lift the ban.

Other items like guns, box cutters, and baseball bats are prohibited by the TSA -- and common sense -- but not by Congress.

Oh, what a twisted web we weave... when bureaucrats decide which forests get the trees. Or something like that...

FMI: www.tsa.gov

Advertisement

More News

Luftwaffe Ju 52 Discovered On The Bottom Of The Black Sea

Plane Disappeared 67 Years Ago On Transport Mission To The Eastern Front A plane missing since 1942 has been discovered in about 75 feet of water in the Black Sea has been identifi>[...]

AD: British Aerospace Regional Aircraft Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2014-07-09 PRODUCT: British Aerospace Regional Aircraft Jetstream Series 3101 and Jetstream Model 3201 airplanes.>[...]

AD: Airbus Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2014-08-04 PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A310 series airplanes.>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.24.14)

South Bay Soaring Society The South Bay Soaring Society (SBSS) is a non-profit radio controlled glider club based in San Jose, CA. They have flying sites in San Jose, Santa Clara, >[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.24.14): Dew Point (Abbrev. DWPT)

A measure of atmospheric moisture. It is the temperature to which air must be cooled in order to reach saturation (assuming air pressure and moisture content are constant).>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC