Lightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 14192 posts, RR: 100
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2901 times:
Thank god! Bring metal cutlery back to the US too! I'm sorry, but a text book* as a blunt weapon is more dangerous than a serated cafeteria knife. Not that there is much food left on flights... (which is a good thing, airline food has a reputation for a reason.)
Quoting Bongo (Reply 1): Finally they understood that avoid metal cutlery won't avoid terrorist acts !!
Here here! The continued over-reaction has me annoyed. The 9/11 style of hijacking wouldn't work today; everyone would know they were dead and the pax would fight to retake the aircraft.
The one VERY sensible post 9/11 precaution is the beefed up cockpit doors. A salsberry steak has a better chance of getting through one than the metal cutlery...
* specifically, I'm thinking of Mark's Handbook for Mechanical engineers. The absolute "heaviest" of the text books I had to carry around.
Schipholjfk From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 579 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2781 times:
Quoting Lightsaber (Reply 5): Here here! The continued over-reaction has me annoyed. The 9/11 style of hijacking wouldn't work today; everyone would know they were dead and the pax would fight to retake the aircraft.
Absolutely true! In the old days all of us passengers were adviced to remain calm and invariably the hijackers put the plane down on the ground. No one thought otherwise. In todays's world, I am pretty sure every single passengers including grandma will be physically fighting anyone trying to take over a plane. So bring back metal cutlery and at least let us enjoy the mystery meat and mini salad and desserts in the cattle class.
GuyBetsy1 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 843 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2708 times:
Some airlines use the excuse of 'security' to avoid using metal cutlery as it will add costs to their overall profit margin. Metal cutlery are heavy and hence for an airline that wants to get rid of pillows to save of evergy costs, it is of course an easy decision.
For about over a year now, some airlines flying within the US have allowed metal cutlery including knives for meals - in First Class at least. Airlines flying to/from USA have been allowed to use either full metal cutlery or maybe all except the knife. American Airlines however, still use alll plastic utensils.
So it's not a matter of security.. but rather a matter of scrutiny from the airline manager's office!
NotSoFrqntFlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2328 times:
Recently I was on my way to US on Lufthansa's aircraft a340-300 and there was metal cutlery in economy class. I thought that US aviation authorities (whatever their proper and official name is) didn't allow metal cutlery on board of all flights coming to US. On my way back on United all cutlery was plastic (also economy class), and just off topic service on Lufthansa was excellent, which I can't say about United.