When I first heard about the TSA's knife policy, it was accompanied by a few CNN opinion articles describing quite graphically the danger it presents to flight attendants and airline workers, along with cries to revert the policy from various groups.
Given that this change won't speed anything up or improve anyone's airline experience (since the shoes and no-liquids nonsense causes the vast majority of delay and inconvenience), I strongly suspect that the point of this change is to incite a "ban the knives! think of the children!" response --- and the TSA will later point to this as evidence that Americans want them.
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