Butter Knives Only Past This Point, at Airport Restaurants
Just the other day, a friend was telling us how, after ordering up a juicy steak inside an airport steakhouse, he was delivered his medium rare meat with a butter knife on the plate. After a few seconds of wondering why he was given a butter knife when there was nothing to butter and only tough meat to cut in front of him, he realized: no knives are allowed past airport security, and yes this includes steak knives at terminal restaurants.
Heck, he's even lucky to have gotten a butter knife. This is all true. Some airport restaurants eliminate steak and other such hard-to-cut items from their menus, thereby canceling out a need for knives, but a branded steakhouse can't get off that easily. Even back in the restaurant kitchens, all knives used to prepare food at airports belonging to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are (or should be) properly secured by metal coil tether.
Butter knives at steakhouses, plastic cutlery in economy class on flights...but then business and first class flights with meals usually have real, metal utensils, right? Right. However, if you take a close look at those metal knives, forks and spoons, you'll realize how rounded and almost child-proof they are in design. Having no knives onboard the airplane is something we've accepted as an "of course" thing, but the realization thatwhoathey can't be given with big steaks in the airport restaurant either, that's something we never considered.
And now you know. If you're planning to enjoy a big hunk of red meat post-security, you better be prepared to hack at it with a butter knife first, if you even get one of those.
[Steak Photo: psalm516]