Guess what I found on my plane today

Old Jul 11, 07, 9:33 pm
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Guess what I found on my plane today

As I was walking to my seat on flight 7796 from LGA to IAD I found a box cutter in the overhead bin. There were probably a dozen people that passed this before I saw it. Since the bins are so low on the RJ, it was tough to miss. When I saw it, I made sure that others around me heard it so that I would not be accused of bringing it on the plane. I rang the flight attendant call button and when she came back, I gave it to her. She said that it must of been left on the plane by maintance. The guy next to me said that they thought there is a tool count of maintance staff when they leave the plane.

So, UA maintance leaves a box cutter in an empty overhead bin, but I can't bring a 4 ounce bottle of saline solution on the plane.
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Old Jul 11, 07, 9:37 pm
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I'm surprised it didn't trigger a bigger security response, but it was smart of you to let everyone know that you had nothing to do with it aside from finding it. These days, you can't be too careful.
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Old Jul 11, 07, 9:39 pm
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Was it a box cutter, like this? http://www1.istockphoto.com/file_thu...en-US:official

Or a utility knife w/ replaceable blades, like this?
http://images.oldhouseweb.com/storie...093/knife1.jpg

I could definitely see why maintenance would use a utility knife in their daily work (e.g. fixing upholstery), but a box cutter would be pretty worthless for maintenance work.
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Old Jul 11, 07, 9:39 pm
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I applaud the crew for not making a big deal out of it.
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Old Jul 11, 07, 9:42 pm
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Originally Posted by markoh View Post
Was it a box cutter, like this? http://www1.istockphoto.com/file_thu...en-US:official

Or a utility knife w/ replaceable blades, like this?
http://images.oldhouseweb.com/storie...093/knife1.jpg

I could definitely see why maintenance would use a utility knife in their daily work (e.g. fixing upholstery), but a box cutter would be pretty worthless for maintenance work.

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Old Jul 11, 07, 9:43 pm
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I applaud the crew for not making a big deal out of it.
for common sense!
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Old Jul 11, 07, 9:45 pm
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I am going to move this to the Travel Safety/Security forum.

Thanks for your understanding.

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Old Jul 11, 07, 10:24 pm
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Please don't blame this on UA. This is a UA Express problem. But no big deal, in any event.

Glad you didn't get dragged into the whole hysterical overreaction.

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Based on the title of your post, I was going to guess mf snakes!
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Old Jul 11, 07, 11:33 pm
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Are you sure this wasn't a terrorist attempt?? Did you contact the nearest available TSA agent?
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Old Jul 11, 07, 11:59 pm
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Originally Posted by jgreen1024 View Post
Are you sure this wasn't a terrorist attempt?? Did you contact the nearest available TSA agent?
You're kidding right? The post is in jest?
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Old Jul 12, 07, 1:02 am
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Originally Posted by bocastephen View Post
You're kidding right? The post is in jest?
No kidding at all. It is not an threat. When you seen the boxcutter then you need to do reports with your F/A. I think you should contract with TSA need searching inside the aircraft. They need swapping out from airplanes. I think Local authority need searching inside the aircraft. I think UA fault did left over by boxcutter onboard entire aircraft. It shouldn't never do that again when the maintenance man was not allowed bring any kind of weapons. It is their own responsibility while they are working inside the aircraft.
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Old Jul 12, 07, 1:11 am
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As I was walking to my seat on flight 7796 from LGA to IAD I found a box cutter in the overhead bin. There were probably a dozen people that passed this before I saw it. Since the bins are so low on the RJ, it was tough to miss. When I saw it, I made sure that others around me heard it so that I would not be accused of bringing it on the plane. I rang the flight attendant call button and when she came back, I gave it to her. She said that it must of been left on the plane by maintance. The guy next to me said that they thought there is a tool count of maintance staff when they leave the plane.

So, UA maintance leaves a box cutter in an empty overhead bin, but I can't bring a 4 ounce bottle of saline solution on the plane.
Geez, poor box cutters! They are still associated with the 9/11 attack though they had no part in it!
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Old Jul 12, 07, 2:30 am
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i use a box cutter at work every day, am i a terrorist? it's just a box cutter, after 9/11 we can safely assume that the terrorists won't try that method of hijacking again. kudos to the crew for not turning it into a frenzied situation.
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