OK - this seems to have gone a little off thread (nothing unusual there!).
ARGinMIA: yes, I appreciate that you don't need to
cut the seatbelt in order to remove the buckle. However, in this instance the spokesman is quite clearly quoted as saying that the belts were slashed.
People: As the article states: there has quite clearly been a breach of security here (nothing to do with JQ
per se). Whatever was used to slash the seatbelt had no right being in the cabin of an aircraft during a flight.
did not have free-seating, the moron who smuggled this item on board would not have presumably slashed the seatbelts since s/he would have been very easy to track down. Taking something that sharp onto an aircraft is clearly not in the same league as nicking a couple of safety cards - and I guess YES, the authorities would like to have a little word with that individual.
The question remains whether this act was done in the sure-fire knowledge that they could not be caught because of JQs free seating policy.