Small scissors, eyeglass screwdrivers will be allowed on airplanes

Change means Canadian rules are consistent with those in U.S., Europe

The federal government announced Thursday that Canadians will once again be allowed to board flights while carrying small manicure scissors and eyeglass repair kits. The previously banned items were taken off the restricted list as part of a shift in focus toward bigger security threats, such as bombs. “We’re trying to strike that balance between security and safety and convenience for travellers,” Transport Minister Chuck Strahl said. The changes could also cut wait times at airports by as much as 30 per cent according to officials. The decision to allow small scissors and tools brings Canadian rules in line with those of the U.S. and European countries.

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Small scissors, eyeglass screwdrivers will be allowed on airplanes

  1. Or our government could realize that 9/11 was a one-shot deal that'll never happen again and pretty much stop worrying about security on planes altogether.

    Why will it never happen again? Because after 9/11, there's not a passenger load in the world that will allow their plane to be taken hostage.

  2. Or our government could realize that 9/11 was a one-shot deal that'll never happen again and pretty much stop worrying about security on planes altogether.

    Why will it never happen again? Because after 9/11, there's not a passenger load in the world that will allow their plane to be taken hostage.

    • It is a bit naive to think that our government makes any of the rules. They have not choice but to follow along with the ones already made by the US – that is if they want planes that originate in Canada to fly in US airspace and not get shot out of the sky. I do agree that passengers do feel more empowered since 9/11. The only thing I can see happening would be if someone managed to make some sort of bomb and blow a hole in the side of the plane – I think that is the deal with the liquids and then there are the plastic explosives. I really think we should approach things like the Israelis' do…psychological evaluations…people who are expecting to die are nervous…..asking more questions in the boarding area.

      • Totally agree about who makes the rules.

        We make no rules what so ever. Either , as a country, you follow the guidelines from the states or your planes don't land in the US, they don't fly over the US neither. The luggages that flew within a country, if not following US guidelines, have to be re-screened before flying over US air space.

        It is that simple.

  3. It is a bit naive to think that our government makes any of the rules. They have not choice but to follow along with the ones already made by the US – that is if they want planes that originate in Canada to fly in US airspace and not get shot out of the sky. I do agree that passengers do feel more empowered since 9/11. The only thing I can see happening would be if someone managed to make some sort of bomb and blow a hole in the side of the plane – I think that is the deal with the liquids and then there are the plastic explosives. I really think we should approach things like the Israelis' do…psychological evaluations…people who are expecting to die are nervous…..asking more questions in the boarding area.

  4. testing

  5. testing

  6. Why even allow it?!?! Will you really need small scissors, or an eyeglass screwdriver on a flight? I was recently held up at security because the man in front of me wanted to bring a jar of pickles carry on. Stop the madness allready!!!!!

    Unless you have a small child, or have a serious medical condition, ONE SMALL BAG!!!!

  7. Why even allow it?!?! Will you really need small scissors, or an eyeglass screwdriver on a flight? I was recently held up at security because the man in front of me wanted to bring a jar of pickles carry on. Stop the madness allready!!!!!

    Unless you have a small child, or have a serious medical condition, ONE SMALL BAG!!!!

    • Peeved: It's because many people travelling for business or short duration travel don't check bags. That doesn't mean that you won't need manicure scissors, a nail file or small screwdriver while you're away! Not everyone checks baggage. I bet the pickle guy didn't (but that is kind of dumb)

  8. Peeved: It's because many people travelling for business or short duration travel don't check bags. That doesn't mean that you won't need manicure scissors, a nail file or small screwdriver while you're away! Not everyone checks baggage. I bet the pickle guy didn't (but that is kind of dumb)

  9. You guys all make good points but in reality the more security the better what does it matter if your waiting in line at security or waiting in line to get on the plane, your waiting no matter what so we might as well be safe.It never effects the time the plane leaves. The last thing I want to do is have to fight some idiot on a plane to stop him from doing something stupid.

  10. You guys all make good points but in reality the more security the better what does it matter if your waiting in line at security or waiting in line to get on the plane, your waiting no matter what so we might as well be safe.It never effects the time the plane leaves. The last thing I want to do is have to fight some idiot on a plane to stop him from doing something stupid.

  11. 9/11 and London underground attacs were inside jobs to make a "more secure" society and exert legally more controll on our lives and freedom. Before these mind and society engineering events we used to go to airports half hour before boarding. Now we have to be there two hours before boarding, and be exposed to radiation whenever we need to fly somewhwere. This is what some people would think is human progress". After reading the underneath comments, I conclude the social engineering was a total success. Hat to G. W. Bush and his buddies.
    Arn't you frustrated for the loss of your freedom and the freedom of your loved ones? You should watch " V like Vendetta", and wake up, sheeple!

  12. 9/11 and London underground attacs were inside jobs to make a "more secure" society and exert legally more controll on our lives and freedom. Before these mind and society engineering events we used to go to airports half hour before boarding. Now we have to be there two hours before boarding, and be exposed to radiation whenever we need to fly somewhwere. This is what some people would think is human progress". After reading the underneath comments, I conclude the social engineering was a total success. Hat to G. W. Bush and his buddies.
    Arn't you frustrated for the loss of your freedom and the freedom of your loved ones? You should watch " V like Vendetta", and wake up, sheeple!

    • Lucky for you Jack, the choice to travel by plane is actually a choice so you never have to do it if you don't choose to. If I was sure of the whole conspiracy aspects of 9/11 like you are…I would never fly again. Why let those people control you like that.

  13. ok everbody, I have a pair of manicure scissors and I'm taking over this plane. And I have this jar of pickles as backup.

  14. ok everbody, I have a pair of manicure scissors and I'm taking over this plane. And I have this jar of pickles as backup.

  15. Totally agree about who makes the rules.

    We make no rules what so ever. Either , as a country, you follow the guidelines from the states or your planes don't land in the US, they don't fly over the US neither. The luggages that flew within a country, if not following US guidelines, have to be re-screened before flying over US air space.

    It is that simple.

  16. Nothing to see here folks just keep moving. Did we just discover that the cockpit doors are better built to counter weapons and crazies from breaching them? No, this is just a pathetic effort to have another Con member to have a photo op. I mean really, nail clippers and miniature screwdrivers, couldn't this breathtaking news have been placed on the AC website.

    As for saving 30% timesaver, if they wish to really save time and serve the public how about getting Jaw, sorry John, Baird back on stage with a before and after real saving in time and money. The Jaw, sorry, so use to hearing him lead with his chin, John could introduce explosive sniffing dogs with their handlers vice the million plus dollar contraptions. Nothing to see here folks just keep moving, the dog will pick you out of the line for the price of dog food and a handler's fees. Not ot mention save on a 'random' selection mat. Of course, that would be smart security.

  17. Nothing to see here folks just keep moving. Did we just discover that the cockpit doors are better built to counter weapons and crazies from breaching them? No, this is just a pathetic effort to have another Con member to have a photo op. I mean really, nail clippers and miniature screwdrivers, couldn't this breathtaking news have been placed on the AC website.

    As for saving 30% timesaver, if they wish to really save time and serve the public how about getting Jaw, sorry John, Baird back on stage with a before and after real saving in time and money. The Jaw, sorry, so use to hearing him lead with his chin, John could introduce explosive sniffing dogs with their handlers vice the million plus dollar contraptions. Nothing to see here folks just keep moving, the dog will pick you out of the line for the price of dog food and a handler's fees. Not ot mention save on a 'random' selection mat. Of course, that would be smart security.

    • Rick, honestly you are sounding as paranoid as Jack. It was just a news release to provide info. Not all people are internet savy – especially the elderly. As for the cockpit doors…have you been on a Westjet flight…the pilots actually come out of the cockpit. At least they do on domestic flights. Canadians definetely are not as afraid of the whole security thing.

  18. Lucky for you Jack, the choice to travel by plane is actually a choice so you never have to do it if you don't choose to. If I was sure of the whole conspiracy aspects of 9/11 like you are…I would never fly again. Why let those people control you like that.

  19. Rick, honestly you are sounding as paranoid as Jack. It was just a news release to provide info. Not all people are internet savy – especially the elderly. As for the cockpit doors…have you been on a Westjet flight…the pilots actually come out of the cockpit. At least they do on domestic flights. Canadians definetely are not as afraid of the whole security thing.

  20. Healthcare Insider: No paranoia here just common sense, and hoping to save your dollars and cents from million dollar airport scanners to-skin-level only detection. Explosive sniffing dogs are used effectively worldwide sniffing out buried personnel mines. Dogs add a critical safety factor to nearly any demining activity because they can detect the odor of nonmetallic or plastic encased mines.

    As for the Israeli approach, yes, but surely you'd accept that the current crop of in-Canada airport security are many years away from the psychological assessment. My comment on saving time and doing away with the ridiculous 'random' mat (in place because Canada airport security are reluctant to randomly choose and offend someone for further pat down or scan) supports the need for trained sniffer dogs who will be more than random in their choice of culprit travellers.

    Okay, I cannot comment on Westjet cockpit doors but I can on LH doors after the last 14 years of overseas work )in Iraq/Nigeria. In short, sniffer dogs will be a time, money and life saver.

  21. Healthcare Insider: No paranoia here just common sense, and hoping to save your dollars and cents from million dollar airport scanners to-skin-level only detection. Explosive sniffing dogs are used effectively worldwide sniffing out buried personnel mines. Dogs add a critical safety factor to nearly any demining activity because they can detect the odor of nonmetallic or plastic encased mines.

    As for the Israeli approach, yes, but surely you'd accept that the current crop of in-Canada airport security are many years away from the psychological assessment. My comment on saving time and doing away with the ridiculous 'random' mat (in place because Canada airport security are reluctant to randomly choose and offend someone for further pat down or scan) supports the need for trained sniffer dogs who will be more than random in their choice of culprit travellers.

    Okay, I cannot comment on Westjet cockpit doors but I can on LH doors after the last 14 years of overseas work )in Iraq/Nigeria. In short, sniffer dogs will be a time, money and life saver.

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