Traverse City Record-Eagle

Archive: Thursday

March 21, 2013

Editorial: Bring TSA back down to earth

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And you’re no safer here. Not long after 9/11 Michigan passed a law that prohibits anyone from carrying knives of any blade length in the secure area of an airport. The TSA says, essentially, so what? “The checkpoint is our jurisdiction,” a TSA spokesman said. “We still have the authority under federal law to allow these changes to go into effect.”

The new rule will also allow souvenir baseball bats, golf clubs, hockey sticks and other sports equipment. No danger there, eh?

No, it’s not funny. It’s appalling. But these are the people calling the shots, and they have almost unlimited authority to make the rules. That has to change.

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