The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is being forced by misplaced public opinion to keep penknives on its list of items banned at airport checkpoints, says the Defense Media Network. Being on-the-lookout for an item as relatively harmless as a penknife can distract officers from spotting increasingly ingenious smuggling methods, like sneaking explosives through security systems.
Which goes to suggest that private security operatives have it over those who need to be more conscious of public relations in maintaining safe entry points.
“For those who opposed the new rule (allowing penknives), this may look like a victory,” writes Justin Hienz, “but it is in fact a failure for the country. Public fear has forced TSA to stick with a policy that does not make flying safer, and in some ways, it is a victory for the terrorists targeting the U.S. aviation system.”
Indeed, distraction is a terrorist’s friend.