The Transportation Security Administration hears complaints from travelers about delays in getting past its checkpoints at airports. The agency decides to do something in response, allow passengers to carry small knives onto planes.
That will save time, screeners no longer confiscating roughly 2,000 such knives per day. The agency insists that hardened cockpit doors and other measures ensure sufficient security.
Feeling better, travelers? It hardly is reassuring to see flight attendants, federal air marshals and pilots voicing objections. They make the sensible point that a passenger with a knife easily could turn into something bad. Perhaps those security delays are not such an inconvenience.