When the TSA was first created by the Aviation and Transportation Security Act in November 2001, it was part of the Transportation Department. There wasn’t yet a Department of Homeland Security. The federal security agency that replaced private contractors at airports across the country was quickly derided for its bureaucracy and security theater. One nickname it was given: Taking Scissors Away.
Perhaps that’s why so many people don’t realize the agency’s policy on scissors changed and you can, in fact, bring scissors in your carry on bag provided they are “less than 4 inches [in length] from the pivot point.”
While you’re permitted to bring scissors, you need to handle them responsibly while inflight. That can pose surprising challenges. I present you with one example:
Aviation is 2020 is an exercise in one personal responsibility after another. Wear a mask, and don’t succumb to temptation with scissors.