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  •  Might I point out one tiny flaw in your argument? (1+ / 0-)
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    arabian

    In almost any other situation, if a guy with a knife shows up, you can run away.

    Out of the bar. Out of the building. Even a bus can be stopped and the doors opened.

    You can't run away in an airplane. The police won't arrive in ten minutes in an airplane.

    And really?  The woman sitting next to this nut, possibly in the window seat, is going to simply take the knife away from him?  A "bunch of people" are going to be able to reach this guy to "beat him up"?  Do you alway fly first class?  Because you seem to have no idea how restricted movement can be in Coach. One food cart in the aisle and you can only "reach" this man by climbing over the seats....and the passengers in them.  

    All it takes is that one guy slicing that knife against the throat of a seated, seat-belted passenger next to him and someone is dead. Does that count with you?

    We're talking real life, not some damn Bruce Willis movie.

    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 07:17:03 AM PST

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    •  It sucks but it sucks everywhere (1+ / 0-)
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      You're completely missing the point. A crazed, knife-wielding maniac can  slice their knife against the throat of someone sitting at a diner or at the gas station or at the movie theater where it's dark and spooky.

      There's nothing unique about these little blades in a plane vs anywhere else.

      STOP BEING AFRAID.

      [Terrorists] are a dime a dozen, they are all over the world and for every one we lock up there will be three to take his place. --Digby

      by rabel on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 07:44:12 AM PST

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      •  I'm not afraid. I'm practical. (1+ / 0-)
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        arabian

        We already scan for all sorts of dangerous "carry ons."

        Why now say that knives are okay?  A plane is not like anything else. You need for people to feel very, very safe in a plane because you can't get out of it. Just one panicked passenger, even sans knife,  is a danger in a plane....because people have no place to go if that person starts swinging.

        One panicked person who's armed? That's not "someone can get hurt." That's "someone can get killed."

        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 09:18:11 AM PST

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