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. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    It does to me. The recent Chinese made flatware is configured slightly differently than the older flatware. The spoons tend to be larger than normal and the butter knives have somewhat pointier blades. They're still butter knives and the tip is blunted.
  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Easily as much blame goes to the credulous media, which repeat all this shite as if it's news, as if it's worthy of being reported. Oh, oh! Butter knife confiscated at airport! News at 11!

    But then who the (expletive deleted) am I to be telling "journalists" what their job is.
  3. saulblum

    saulblum Original Member

    Is it the serrations that lead you to say it's not a butter knife?

    Not only is the knife not a prohibited item (but of course TSOs have discretion to declare any item prohibited), the damn thing wasn't even concealed. It was right on the walker's leg.

    The fact that nearly eleven years after the TSA's creation the agency is trumpeting a butter knife taped to a guy's walker as a great find of the week says all one needs to know about the agency.
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  4. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    This should be posted far and wide.
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  6. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    It is not a butter knife based on the definition that was posted earlier in the thread, the blade is sharpened, and it has a point. You can read the definition of a butter knife (for TSA purposes) from above:

    Knives - except for plastic or round bladed butter knives No Yes

    This is not a butter knife.
  7. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Yes, that's a butter knife. A pencil is sharper.
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  8. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    As much as I hate to say it, I have to agree with Rugape - that's no butter knife.
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  9. saulblum

    saulblum Original Member

  10. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    Yep, lunacy rules at the TSA. They caught a 69 year old man with a butter knife, hip hip hooray! Morons!

    What, was he Chuck Norris? What was a 69 year old man going to do with a butter knife on a plane full of people?
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  11. Ciarin

    Ciarin Member

    I don't think it's a butter knife either. I also don't think it's newsworthy since we find knives every day. I think the knife ban should be lifted since I don't think you can take down a plane with a knife. Even the little blades on corkscrews are prohibited, it's a bit silly.
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  12. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    What's newsworthy is how ridiculous it is and that TSA is stupid enough to even tout it.

    Just exposes them for the imbeciles they are.
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  13. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Agreed. Anyone who says that's a "knife" but not a "butter knife" and simultaneously claims that the jack-booted asshats of the TSA are "officers" is an imbecile.
  14. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    It's not "a bit silly." It's plain stupid. As is anyone who helps "enforce" the stupid rules.
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  15. Butter knife or no, I think it's safe to say, by the way it was not at all concealed, that he had no intention of threatening the plane with it. I'm sure he had his own benign reasons for keeping it there like that. My grandmother had a walker and she kept all sorts of things in it's basket for convenience.
  16. RB

    RB Founding Member

    A 69 year old man who requires a walker. I can just see him rushing the cockpit and using his butter knife to force the door of the cockpit then overpowering two able bodied pilots.

    TSA is a ficken joke as usual.
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  17. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    I had a regular customer I used to serve and he wore those boots that came up about 2 inches over his ankle. He was an older guy. He came in one day and handed me a butter knife from the restaurant - last time he was in it apparently slipped off the table and slid into the side of his boot and he didn't notice it until he went home and took his boots off. Good thing he wasn't off to the airport after lunch.
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  18. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    I dunno, BD, he might also have been able to disassemble the plane.
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  19. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Oooooh, scary!
  20. saulblum

    saulblum Original Member

    Yeah, otherwise a picture of his boots could have ended up on a taxpayer-financed government blog.
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