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Guest commentary: Keep bad guys, not bats, off plane

7:37 AM, Mar. 18, 2013
A sign greets travelers in front of a Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Linthicum, Md., on Friday March, 1, 2013.
A sign greets travelers in front of a Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Linthicum, Md., on Friday March, 1, 2013.
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Last week, the Transportation Security Administration announced its decision to allow weapons onto planes. A little more than a decade has passed since terrorists boarded the same flight as my mom, Judy Larocque, and used box cutters as their weapon of choice to begin the deadliest attack on our nation's soil. Now TSA officials are permitting passengers to carry on small blades, bats and other potentially deadly items. Have they forgotten?

The answer is, no.

TSA, like so many of us directly affected by 9/11, operates with the memory of the attacks etched into every fiber of the organization. ...

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