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The challenge in isolating terrorists before fatal events like the one earlier this week at a concert in the United Kingdom is that they look like and do what peaceful people do.

Richard Thomas Hall, 56, died May 12, 2017, in Ketchikan.
Velma June Cox, 91, died peacefully on May 6, 2017, in Port Angeles, Washington.
Here's the point

It's idiotic to allow knives on U.S. flights.

The United States banned knives from commercial flights following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks carried out by terrorists armed with box cutters — a very sharp, but short blade.

The terrorists used the cutters as weapons to commandeer four jetliners, steering two into New York City's World Trade Center twin towers, one into the Pentagon and one into a Pennsylvania cornfield. Thousands died.

The Transportation Security Administration in April decided to allow knife blades of 2.36 inches or smaller on flights, but postponed implementation after law enforcement and airline industry protests.

TSA contends allowing the short blades will speed up security, enabling its employees to focus on greater security risks.

Not only will taking the time to measure the lengths of a blade increase the time it takes at TSA checkpoints, but it will allow weapons as dangerous as those already proven to lead to airline fatalities.

As for other and greater security risks, TSA simply should do its job. If it takes longer, then travelers can show up at airports sooner.

Indeed, travelers don't like the routine of clearing TSA checkpoints. It can be irritating, depending on how one's treated. But, it also is worth considering how they would like getting on flights for which no one had to clear security. Probably not all that well.

Plus, if these weapons are allowed on flights, that means they also are throughout airports where attacks would be just as likely to occur. Whether it's a false sense of security or not, it's a good feeling to know in this day and age that all of the others in the secure area at least have been searched for weapons.

For those employed by TSA or in the airline industry, the security gives them an increased sense of safety. This allows them to concentrate more fully on their jobs.

Adding knives — even short ones — back onto the list of objects allowed on flights is, well, idiotic.