I flew to Australia in July of 2001, and remember bringing my brand new stick with me on the Delta flight from Boston to Los Angeles. When I got to LA, the flight attendants on my Cathay Pacific flight forced me to gate check my stick, as they clearly had no idea what it was. Security had no problem with me bringing it through.
Flash forward to December of 2001, when I returned from Down Under, and the world was a different place. 9-11 had occurred only two months earlier, and the thought of bringing my stick onto a plane with me was absolutely out of the question. The change was not a big surprise.
Now, a little over twelve years later, lacrosse sticks will once again be allowed as carry-on items, so you can once again bring your wand with you now when you fly.
While I think we can all rejoice at the prospect of less travel hassle when it comes to lacrosse sticks, there is something else that sticks out to me in this Reuters title, and that is the fact that the TSA is once again allowing people to carry small knives onto planes.
Um… Excuse me, isn’t that exactly what happened on 9-11? Maybe I’m missing something here in all the lacrosse excitement, but is this really the best idea?
I guess the best way to keep yourself safe is to bring your stick with you on planes now, sit near the front, and if any crazies with knives get up, you take ’em down with your lacrosse stick.
Seriously, how long until we see something like that happen?
How do YOU feel about this news? Excited for more freedom? Concerned over people carrying knives? It’s a difficult issue. We’d love to hear YOUR thoughts on it…