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(Press of Atlantic City)   So, 65-year-olds aren't allowed to carry switchblades on commercial flights? Good to know   (pressofatlanticcity.com) divider line 26
    More: Florida, switchblades, Commercial aviation, woman arrested, possession of a weapon, international airport, knife  
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2013-02-19 01:09:16 PM
I smuggled one in my check in luggage once.

Good thing gramps already was issued an oxygen tank.
 
2013-02-19 01:09:22 PM
Most surprising thing about TFA: it's a woman.
 
2013-02-19 01:14:35 PM
I feel so much safer now.
 
2013-02-19 01:16:31 PM
Second from the Right: Something is poking me again
Fourth from the Right: If he leans back, I'll be able to poke him again.
Third from the Left: Think unsexy thoughts. Think unsexy thoughts.
 
2013-02-19 01:16:47 PM
Switchblades are illegal in Florida, so.... DOUBLE DERP!
 
2013-02-19 01:17:06 PM
...but she could have brought scissors (under 4") and unscrewed the blade, and had two 4" knives.
...or she could have brought her steel knitting needles.

TSA is a joke.
 
2013-02-19 01:17:07 PM
Sorry.  Wrong post.
 
2013-02-19 01:34:02 PM

madpiper: Switchblades are illegal in Florida, so.... DOUBLE DERP!


Cite for that? Everything I can see says otherwise.
 
2013-02-19 01:35:35 PM

fredklein: ...but she could have brought scissors (under 4") and unscrewed the blade, and had two 4" knives.
...or she could have brought her steel knitting needles.

TSA is a joke.


Hm, what do YOU have to hide, citizen?
 
2013-02-19 01:38:21 PM

fredklein: ...but she could have brought scissors (under 4") and unscrewed the blade, and had two 4" knives.
...or she could have brought her steel knitting needles.

TSA is a joke.


How dare you imply that a three 3-ounce bottles of liquid aren't as dangerous as one 9-ounce bottle.  That much shampoo in one plastic bottle could kill you and everyone you care about.
 
2013-02-19 01:40:31 PM
madpiper:


Switchblades are illegal in Florida, so.... DOUBLE DERP!

Switchblades are illegal to carry most places, and it's a federal offense to carry them across state lines, so triple derp.

This wasn't the case here, but the TSA has also been known to fark with people. Not long after the TSA was created my mom and a friend were detained from an international flight when they "found" a large kitchen knife in the friend's bag. This little old lady had no idea what that was doing in her bag, and strongly suspects the TSA was using her for internal testing.

At least it wasn't cocaine.
 
2013-02-19 01:51:40 PM
I'm Old! I'm confused!
 
2013-02-19 01:53:56 PM
Switch blade laws are like today's assault weapon laws. They are impulse image laws from the 50's. As if they are somehow more deadly than a good kitchen knife. What a waste of tax dollars arresting this 65 year old woman. Just take the thing away andsell it on the internet like they do with all the other stuff they take.
 
2013-02-19 01:54:03 PM
Why are switchblades illegal?  Oh right, they aren't arms or something.
 
2013-02-19 01:54:54 PM

madpiper: Switchblades are illegal in Florida, so.... DOUBLE DERP!


But automatic knives aren't.  I have a Benchmade auto.

From Wikipedia: While switchblades remain illegal in U.S. interstate commerce since 1958 under the Switchblade Knife Act (15 U.S.C. §§1241-1245), Amendment 1447 to 15 U.S.C. §1244, signed into law as part of the FY2010 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill on October 28, 2009 provides that the Act shall not apply to spring-assist or assisted-opening knives (i.e. knives with closure-biased springs that require physical force applied to the blade to assist in opening the knife).[24] While functionally similar, the two designs share slight but important differences. A switchblade opens its blade from the handle automatically with the press of a button, lever, or switch that is remotely mounted in the knife handle or bolster. In contrast, a spring-assist design uses a lever or switch mounted on the blade or connected via a direct mechanical linkage. Manual pressure on this lever overcomes spring pressure designed to keep the blade closed, which in turn causes the blade to partially emerge from the handle. At this point an internal torsion spring takes over, rapidly forcing the blade into an open and locked position.
 
2013-02-19 01:59:56 PM
Angela Ricci, 65


Huh. In 1975, she was known as Angie the Knife. The most notorious assassin of the Hell's Angels Biker Gang. She seduced and cut more men than an epileptic barber.Her trademark was to collect her victims' balls in a huge glass jar where she kept her "souvenirs"

But you go ahead, Mr. Big Bad, TSA dude, you mess with her. She's got nothing left to live for but her reputation, and when she gets out, her granddaughter is carrying on the family trade. And you will go to the strip club she just got hired at. And she will ask you for your cell number. And her grandmother will get her 100 pairs of testicles in a jar. A complete collection. Happy birthday, grandma.
 
2013-02-19 02:00:11 PM

Harry Freakstorm: Sorry.  Wrong post.


Kind of works here, too.
 
2013-02-19 02:10:55 PM
StrikitRich:

madpiper: Switchblades are illegal in Florida, so.... DOUBLE DERP!

But automatic knives aren't. I have a Benchmade auto.


Which is even sillier, since automatics are just switchblades that don't pop open in your pocket, and most automatics can be modified just by bending the locking lever so it doesn't latch.

/ don't even get me started about butterfly knives being illegal in many places.
 
2013-02-19 02:26:53 PM
When you're a jet you're a jet all the way..........................
 
2013-02-19 03:18:03 PM
Did she get her two dollars?
thestockmasters.com
 
2013-02-19 03:28:30 PM

madpiper: Switchblades are illegal in Florida, so.... DOUBLE DERP!


The one in my right pants pocket says you are wrong!  Perfectly legal to carry as long as you have a CCW or are LEO.

I really likes me a good Microtech knife; most switchblades however, are pure punk-knives.
 
2013-02-19 03:37:09 PM
Switchblade knife found during inventory search was securely encased in closed center console of vehicle, and thus, fell within statutory exception to prohibition against carrying concealed weapon. Dixon v. State, App. 4 Dist., 831 So.2d 775 (2002).

Switchblade was not prohibited, but carrying one concealed without CCW permit is a felony.
 
2013-02-19 03:38:05 PM
Citation is Farked, but you get the idea
 
2013-02-19 03:42:53 PM
Travelers can be fined if they are caught with prohibited items at the airport. In 2012, TSA assessed $3.7 million in civil penalties for weapons found in carry-on bags.

What a money grab. Charging/fining people for accidentally having an item in their bags is absurd. What happened to them having to prove intent? What's wrong with them just telling the passenger to check it or lose it and be done with it? They always have to go for the cash.
 
2013-02-19 05:06:28 PM
yeah, because Obama raised the switchblade age to 70.  Thanks Obama!
 
2013-02-20 04:33:52 PM
If Wiki is correct, it is illegal to carry on federal property, and since most airports are federally governed...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switchblade#Federal_law

 The Act also prohibits possession of such knives on federal or Indian lands or on lands subject to federal jurisdiction. It does not prohibit the ownership or carrying of automatic knives or switchblades inside a state while not on federal property, nor does it prohibit the acquisition or disposition of such knives in an intrastate transaction or an interstate transaction that is noncommercial and/or does not substantially affect interstate commerce (as defined by recent decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court).
 
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