Box cutter found on Delta plane at TPA forces evacuation

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Fisher1949, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Again with the stupidity of evacuating the entire plane. Every time this happens, for every person who's inconvenienced or misses a connecting flight, we can only hope that maybe, just maybe, one more person will get it through his/her head that the TSA is a colossal, pathetic waste. And that the post-9/11 paranoia of this country is an embarrassment.
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I'm a broken record on this but it is apparent that tool control is an issue for the airlines. Totally unacceptable.

    All tools, of any kind, must be accounted, for before an aircraft is dispatched. Finding things like this should result in significant fines by the FAA against the aircraft operator.
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  4. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Good point. There have been multiple box cutter/razor knife incidents like this. Many of these are almost certainly left on board by service crews and not brought aboard by passengers. They always seem to be in the OH bin and are most likely left behind after opening catering packaging.

    The airlines should be up in arms about this on their own since it is costing them tens of thousands of dollars every time this happens, not to mention the resulting system disruption. The fact that they aren't screaming and that this keeps happening probably explains why they are in the shape they're in.
  5. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    I agree that these incidents are likely forgetful airline employees leaving them behind.

    However, I imagine it could also be someone who wants to point out the ridiculousness of the whole circus. It's pathetically easy to get these items through the checkpoint. Then just leave it in an overhead and wait for someone a few flights downwind go into hysterics.
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  6. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    And I've said this before:
    So what happens when someone finds an unopened 8 oz bottle of water on a plane?
    Will they too evacuate the whole plane too? the entire concourse?
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  7. RB

    RB Founding Member

    They should unless it has an approved inspected stamp on it. Only makes sense.
  8. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    Would the same thing happen if a disposable razor and a toothbrush were found on the aircraft? You can make a nice slashing weapon out of those.

    Since buh-buh-buh-boxcutters were used on 9/11™, let's all freak out :td::eek:^

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