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Knives On Planes: Guide For Those Pocket Knives Now Allowed On US Flights


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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When Racism Poisons Italy's Culinary Scene

This is the case of chef Mareme Cisse, a black woman, who was called a slur after a couple found out that she was the one who would be preparing their meal.

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Mareme Cisse in the kitchen of Ginger People&Food

Caterina Suffici


TURIN — Guess who's not coming to dinner. It seems like a scene from the American Deep South during the decades of segregation. But this happened in Italy, in this summer of 2023.

Two Italians, in their sixties, got up from the restaurant table and left (without saying goodbye, as the owner points out), when they declared that they didn't want to eat in a restaurant where the chef was what they called: an 'n-word.'

Racists, poor things. And ignorant, in the sense of not knowing basic facts. They don't realize that we are all made of mixtures, come from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. And that food, of course, are blends of different ingredients and recipes.

The restaurant is called Ginger People&Food, and these visitors from out of town probably didn't understand that either.

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