To be fair, I think that in a place where a pair of nail clippers or tweezers can be deemed a potential offensive weapon, if the carrier of that alleged 'tactical pen' was aware of what he was carrying then he was very very unwise to carry it in his hand luggage. We have all got used to making sacrifices like leaving penknives in our hold luggage so what did he think would happen with a pen designed for use as a weapon?
Speak for yourself
when you say that we've all gotten used to it.
I'm not used to it. I think it sucks. I think it's absurd. I think it's offensive and idiotic that even as they admit the pens are "DEFENSIVE" weapons, they prohibit them. That IS, UNAVOIDABLY, tantamount to saying, "We are taking away your ability to DEFEND yourself." They're not taking away your offensive capability, they're taking away your ability to protect your own life if someone comes to threaten it. I have no plans to "get used to" being rendered defenseless. The "sacrifice" that you speak of BUYS US NOTHING in terms of safety -- or have you failed to read that airline employees themselves have been caught recently smuggling weapons aboard airliners?!
Once again, we strike upon the same tired irony -- that they ban the "defensive weapon pen" and still we are able to carry MiniMagLites and a plethora of other items that can do what the pens do.
I flew from FL - NY and NY - FL recently. With me in my carry-on bag was a small knitting project (yes, I knit) complete with knitting needles. Pointed objects, ostensibly just as potentially deadly, or more deadly, than a tactical pen. Mine happened to be made of aluminum, double ended, about 7 inches long, 5mm diameter. Pretty small. But I also had bamboo ones that were 7mm diameter, about 10 inches long. If I had wanted to, I could have had tough plastic ones that are over a half inch diameter, 10 inches long. And TSA doesn't say BOO about it. They never even asked me to verify that I know how to knit. (Presumably, there is nothing in the rules that says that the person carrying knitting needles must know how to knit, anyway. "I'm taking them to my grandma -- she left them at my house inadvertently during her last visit.")
Oh, and I also had a 12 mm hex wrench, the kind that's about 6 inches long and bent into an L shape. It's for adjustments on my motorcycle. That was singled-out during my initial TSA check when leaving FL, identified, and allowed through
. It IS an allowed item. (Tools up to 7 inches long may be taken aboard as carry-on. I assume, though I haven't checked, that this would include pliers and screwdrivers.)
So why are they banning the pens, when a determined person could do plenty of similar damage with a 6 inch heavy steel hex wrench? The whole thing is idiotic.
What I'd most like to see is a return to sanity, and the ability to carry knives up to 3" blade length; kubotans; and tactical pens once again.