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After 9/11, the list of items and products banned on US flights got much longer. But the news from the Transport Security Administration (TSA) is that folding knife blades –and sports equipment - are now permitted again, in order for security personnel to focus on explosive devices.

The official report states the following:

"TSA will allow knives that do not lock and have blades that are 2.36 inches or 6 centimeters or less in length This is part of an overall Risk-Based Security approach, which allows Transportation Security Officers to better focus their efforts on finding higher threat items such as explosives.”

Southwest Airlines flight attendants union condemned the decision, qualifying it "dangerous" and "designed to make the lives of TSA staff easier, but not make flights safer," reports Fox news.

The usually despised TSA officers for their overzealous interventions during the pre-flight acceptance process are now making concessions. But hey, nothing bad can happen from trusting people with switchblades or throwing knives on an airplane right? We listed our own safety measures. You know, just in case.

1) Make sure you're sitting behind Angelina Jolie

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2) Brush your teeth before boarding

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3) Some restrictions still apply (see above)

4) Kick and run

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5) Tray-table down...impress your neighbor!

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6) American Airlines marmelade is best eaten with a spoon

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Good COP, Bad COP? How Sharm El-Sheik Failed On The Planet's Big Question

The week-long climate summit in Egypt managed to a backsliding that looked possible at some point, it still failed to deliver on significant change to reverse the effects of global warming.

Photo of a potted tree lying overturned on the ground in Sharm el-Sheikh as the COP27 summit concludes.

A potted tree lies overturned on the ground in Sharm el-Sheikh as the COP27 summit concludes.

Matt McDonald*

For 30 years, developing nations have fought to establish an international fund to pay for the “loss and damage” they suffer as a result of climate change. As the COP27 climate summit in Egypt wrapped up over the weekend, they finally succeeded.

While it’s a historic moment, the agreement of loss and damage financing left many details yet to be sorted out. What’s more, many critics have lamented the overall outcome of COP27, saying it falls well short of a sufficient response to the climate crisis. As Alok Sharma, president of COP26 in Glasgow, noted:

"Friends, I said in Glasgow that the pulse of 1.5 °C was weak. Unfortunately it remains on life support."

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