Let me start off by saying that I do not think the TSA actually makes us any safer. I guess maybe from actual bombs seeing they do the chem test to see if you have explosives, which they did do to my rock,
but i have always been bewildered at the items that are screened out and some of the items that are allowed on.
I put my souvenir rock from Diana's bath NH, a stream with some water falls, ( It was probably against the law to take it in the first place) into my carry on bag and meant to find out if it would be allowed on the plane. I forgot all about it until I saw the TSA agent take it out of my bag. I thought "there goes my rock" and figured I may have to do some explaining. They tested it and re x- rayed my bag and gave it to me to put back in.
Now I don't actually think rocks should be confiscated but it did leave me wondering as I Know some one who lost his 2 inch pocket Knife to the TSA.
Frankly I think I would be much more deadly with the rock. Neither the little knife or the rock would scare me as much as the pointed aluminum knitting needles that were being used in the next row but that just because I saw them used as a very effective weapon in a movie and I have always been afraid of some one ramming something sharp through my eye and into my brain.
Is a 200 plus lb man with a 4 pound rock more dangerous than anyone with a 2 inch pocket knife? Can a knitting needle give you brain damage? I mean man kind has been killing stuff with rocks from way back in the stone age and in "Halloween" (not the movie I was originally thinking of) Jammie lee did take Mike myers down with a knitting needle and that was against a possessed lunatic.