(CBS Charlotte) — On September 11, 2001, the world froze. The world watched in shock and disbelief as two American planes crashed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center. Two other planes crashed at separate locations, one into the Pentagon, and the other crashed in a field in Pennsylvania — after passengers launched an attempt to take control of the plane.
The destruction was carried out by 19 al Qaeda terrorists — who hijacked all four planes on U.S. soil. In total, nearly 3,000 people lost their lives that day, and the entire world mourned the devastating loss.
The terrorists hijacked the planes by using box cutters, and since 2001, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has banned passengers from carrying knives on U.S. planes. However, the ban on knives is about to change.
TSA recently announced that on April 25, 2013, passengers aboard U.S. flights will be allowed to carry small knives, as long as the small knife is not a box cutter or a locked/fixed blade.
After TSA made the announcement, American Airlines, Delta, and US Airways voiced their disapproval over the ban being lifted. Additionally, some members of Congress, frequent flyers, and flight crews also objected to passengers being allowed to carry small knives on commercial flights.
Security measures are often implemented when tragedy strikes, but as time goes on, agencies seems to adopt this notion that “something like “that” could never happen again.” Our nation often responds by letting down our guard, because after all, “Americans are safer now than they were before the tragedy.” If history has taught us anything, it’s that we should always be vigilant and never believe that we are completely isolated from danger.
“We shall never forget.”
-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte