Airport security stops 69-year-old man carrying butter knife on his walker [JFK]

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, May 4, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    The war on the infirm and the elderly continues. TSA must be so desperate to rack up brownie points in the face of all their well-deserved bad publicity that somehow this is deemed newsworthy ...

    Star Ledger: Airport security stops 69-year-old man carrying butter knife on his walker

  2. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    You can't make this (expletive deleted) up. Butter knives are specifically approved to go through security (source:

    Sharp Objects

    Item Carry-on Checked
    Box Cutters No Yes
    Ice Axes/Ice Picks No Yes
    Knives - except for plastic or round bladed butter knives No Yes
    Meat Cleavers No Yes
    Razor-Type Blades - such as box cutters, utility knives, and safety razor blades (disposable razors and their cartridges are permitted) No Yes
    Sabers No Yes
    Scissors - metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than four inches Yes Yes
    Swords - cutting or thrusting weapons, including fencing foils No Yes
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  3. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    How long before Bloghdad Bob is crowing about this in his weekly round-up of scary TSA finds?
  4. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Please leave this comment at the NJ site! You don't even have to register with them, you can sign on using Google, Yahoo, FB, etc.
  5. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    I can't. You can't. That's why we leave "making this (expletive deleted) up" to those qualified for it: TSA employees. Fabulists extraordinaire, when it suits them.
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  6. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Good catch.

    Just when you think it can't get any dumber, you can always count on TSA to lower the bar.
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  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Earlier version of story neglects to mention that it was a permitted butter knife ...

    DNAinfo: Elderly Man Arrested at JFK for Hiding Knife in Walker

    And this story is a prime example of TSA's ineptitude.
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  8. saulblum

    saulblum Original Member

    Wake me when the headline reads, "Concealed brain found in TSO's skull."
  9. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Maybe the poor old guy thought he might need a butter knife in case the TSA told him to "bend over and spread 'em."
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  10. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Maybe he was flying on Delta & wanted to be prepared for the ham sandwhich:

  11. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Gothamist: Old Man Caught At JFK With Knife Hidden In Walker

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  12. Again with the straw man. I don't think anybody is overly concerned about the inspection of a walker (though this is such a stupid catch). It's the fondling of the person using the walker, the hands in their pants, the rubbing all over, the scrutiny of their adult diapers and medical appliances, the yelling at them and intimidating them if they express discontent, that's what I'm not happy about. (Duh.)
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  13. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    "a prime example of a reason why"? A butter knife ... that's permitted?
  14. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    You left out the "SEE! SEE! WE FOUND SOMETHING!" even if the item isn't prohibited...
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  15. I think her (absolutely moronic) point is that IT COULD HAVE BEEN A VERY SCARY SHARP AND DANGEROUS KNIFE! SEE??
  16. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I think it is scary that TSA screeners may be handling sharp and pointy things.
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  17. saulblum

    saulblum Original Member

    Bob had the nerve to publish this incident as a TSA great catch.

    I just submitted the following comment.

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  18. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Looking at the picture on the TSA Blog of the suspect butter knife it really looks like a piece of typical flatware that is neither sharp or dangerous.

    Certainly no more dangerous than a knitting needle, pair of scissors, six inch Phillips screwdriver or other allowed items. This is more evidence that TSA's list of prohibited items was not designed by thinking people. Kinda defines TSA!
  19. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Please also note that Boob says they caught a plastic dagger sewn into the hem of someone's shirt - and they caught it with AIT. Of course, Boob crows that it is a fine example of something that WTMD would not catch. How much harm can one do with a plastic dagger?
  20. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Are they faking pictures at Propaganda Village? Why would that not surprise me?

    This does not look like a butter knife:


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