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  •  Wrong (2+ / 0-)
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    Dburn, Bisbonian

    Many people are killed or seriously injured with box cutters every year.

    Some get their throats cut ear to ear.

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 11:38:33 PM PST

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    •  I didn't say otherwise. (0+ / 0-)

      I recognize that someone can be killed or seriously injured with a box cutter. My point is that that hasn't historically been a problem on commercial flights.

      •  Here's something you need to realize. (1+ / 0-)
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        Things change.

        Forty years ago, I worked as a security guard at Honolulu International. We weren't armed, we only checked carry on lugguage, we only had metal detector gates.  

        But this was before shoe bombs, underwear bombs, plastic explosives and people who, instead of flying the aircraft to Havana, flew them into skyscrapers.

        So let's be a little careful about using the word "historically" to imply that because something never has happened, it never could happen.

        Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

        by Sirenus on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 06:57:20 AM PST

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      •  Uh, except on one spectacular day. (1+ / 0-)
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        "We refuse to fight in a war started by men who refused to fight in a war." -freewayblogger

        by Bisbonian on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 12:45:38 PM PST

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        •  Read what I actually wrote. (0+ / 0-)

          Because what happened on 9-11 wasn't that a couple people got stabbed on an airplane. It was terrorists were able to take control of a flight.

          In the era of reenforced flight deck doors and pilots who won't open said doors under any circumstances, what is the unique danager that pen knives pose?

      •  until it happened n/t (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm a blue drop in a red bucket.

        by blue drop on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 01:56:39 PM PST

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        •  When? (0+ / 0-)

          9-11 wasn't the day that a bunch of people were injured with box cutters while flying. It was the day that four airplanes were hijacked using box cutters. That's no longer possible.

          So what makes penknife on airplane more dangerous than a penknife on super shuttle to the airport?

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