No knives on planes

No knives on planes Photo by By Alexander Rushing uploaded by Partyzan_XXI, File:Pocket knives.jpg - Wikimedia Commonscommons.wikimedia.org

No knives on planes
Photo by By Alexander Rushing uploaded by Partyzan_XXI, File:Pocket knives.jpg – Wikimedia Commonscommons.wikimedia.org

Last April, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) proposed relaxing restrictions on knives, certain sports equipment and novelty bats, allowing passengers to bring these items on board. Prompted by a public outcry, the proposal was abandoned yesterday.

Air travel  is crucial for many parents and their college-bound students. Without this transportation option, certain college choices may no longer be feasible. The college process generates plenty of stress but worrying about personal safety on a routine commute to and from school does not have to exist.

All knives were originally banned for a reason. Unnecessary safety risks are not acceptable.

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TSA knife rule impacts college choice

Pocket Knife Collection

Pocket Knife Collection. Photo by Alexander Rushing, uploaded by Partyzan_XXI, File:Pocket knives.jpg – Wikimedia Commonscommons.wikimedia.org -

Plane traveling parents and the college-bound worried about their safety in the air, on their way to and from college, have a temporary reprieve. Yesterday, the controversial rule to carry small knives on board has been temporarily postponed.

College location is more important than ever. Prospective students typically research campus and local community cultural events, activities, internship possibilities and even the weather. They look up crime stats and talk with campus Safety Officers. Allowing flight passengers to carry small knives on board is one more issue families would have to consider when evaluating the safety of college attendance.

Transportation safety problems could be a game changer when picking a college to attend. Between semester breaks and school holidays, students come home a lot. Many colleges sponsor Family Days and encourage parent visits. Many families rely on plane travel. They are already struggling with increased ticket costs, fewer perks, and delays because of Sequester cuts.

The knife rule change

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