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TSA Question - Prohibited Item?

Thu Mar 25, 2004 12:26 am

Okay, so as I was eating my steak with my plastic knife on my flight to SFO last night, I look up and there is a guy two rows in front of me with a hook-end prosthetic arm.

Now I'm not saying that I have an answer to this question, politically correct or otherwise, but does anyone think that if we can't have a little metal butter knife onboard, then maybe a big metal hook might also be a little dangerous?
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RE: TSA Question - Prohibited Item?

Thu Mar 25, 2004 12:45 am

So what do you suggest? The TSA Confiscate his arm and tell him it's not allowed and it has to go with his checked luggage?
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RE: TSA Question - Prohibited Item?

Thu Mar 25, 2004 3:32 am


This is where common sense supposed to kick in.

Frankly those hooks look dangerous to me whether I am with the guy on a plane or not. Imagine getting him in a road rage?

In the industry, the hook would fall into the category of mobility items. Like the TSA won't let you check in any stick, bats etc that may use it as a weapon. However, a walking cane is allowed.

H'bout focus your attention on the cute FA instead?  Smile
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RE: TSA Question - Prohibited Item?

Thu Mar 25, 2004 1:25 pm

Anything that is medically necessary isn't prohibited, however they may require you to produce medical documentation.
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RE: TSA Question - Prohibited Item?

Thu Mar 25, 2004 1:38 pm

The American Disabilities Act.. Airlines and I imagine the TSA do not like to cross any line that is associated with the ADA because doing so usually means an expensive lawsuit.
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RE: TSA Question - Prohibited Item?

Thu Mar 25, 2004 2:05 pm

I'm guessing that the legislation that created TSA probably gives the agency some latitude when it comes to ADA. I don't think that TSA can hire people who have bad backs, considering the heavy lifting required.

And TSA probably has the authority to have medical devices placed in check baggage if it truly presented a problem, but doing so would be a PR nightmare. But I could see some weird Southwest passenger who does a Captain Hook bit with his prosthetic arm.

But on the subject of airline flatware, I thought TSA had allowed metal knives on meal trays, so long as they weren't serated. I know that such knives exist, since I've seen them at Crate & Barrel.