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September 26, 2013
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Letter: Winston man's keepsake pen knife confiscated by Phoenix TSA

Tax dollars at work in TSA

I very recently had occasion to travel by airline to Phoenix, Ariz. I had in my possession a small pen knife which had been given to me many years ago by a dear friend.

When the restrictions were in place whereby no finger nail clippers, pen knives, guns, fingernail files, etc., were allowed on a plane, I dutifully left my pen knife at home when traveling. However, I read some time ago that the restrictions were removed from finger nail clippers, pen knives, and fingernail files and it was OK to take them with you, so I took my little pen knife along with me on my trip.

The TSA personnel in Portland passed it on and I thought all was well. Much to my surprise when returning home, the intelligent (?) TSA agent in Phoenix determined that an 80-year-old veteran in a wheel chair (I can’t walk very far), armed with a pen knife with a small 2-inch blade could overpower the flight crew, take charge of the Boeing 737-700 plane and blow up the White House or someplace equally important. He confiscated my knife.

I really wonder if I will ever see my keepsake knife again! I suppose being a TSA agent and doing this type of work keeps them off the legitimate welfare rolls.

James Aday


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