A pilot, his silverware and TSA insanity

Salon writer Patrick Smith, a commercial airline pilot by trade, tells the maddening tale of trying to get through security with a fork, spoon and butter knife -- the same silverware that is routinely issued to the passengers Smith shuttles about the globe. As you can imagine, Smith, wearing his uniform and identifying himself as a pilot, was able to easily convince the TSA checkpoint agents that his silverware posed no threat to the cockpit or flying public. ... Uh, actually, it didn't go that way at all.

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