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April 1, 2013

Our view: Knives still pose a threat

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“I understand that the justification for your new policy is to expedite and make more convenient the security process at airports,” Low continued. “I can see no improvement in time or effort required, as under your new edict the inspectors will, instead of simply confiscating a knife, now have to stop, look, measure and probably argue about the legality of the knife. You have gained little or nothing and again put the flight crews and passengers more at risk. The terrorists have to be laughing at how naive our government continues to be.”

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the agency’s policy change is a “risk-based approach that attempts to segregate out passengers ... and evaluate their risk.’’ She said they want to focus more on behavioral profiling — that Israel successfully uses in its airports — to focus on likely terrorists.

That’s a good idea, but it doesn’t excuse the boneheaded idea of allowing people to bring knives on airplanes — knives that can cause plenty of mayhem and injury if wielded by unstable people, drunks or actual terrorists.

The flying public understands a little hassle is well worth creating safe flights. The TSA should reverse this wrongheaded decision.

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