The week that was

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS Congratulations are in order for Minot State University’s men’s club hockey team, which last week won the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s national championship by beating Lindenwood University 9-5. In addition, MSU player Dan Lamb was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. The Minot State club team has improved steadily during its 17 years in the ACHA, culminating in last week’s championship performance. Certainly the team’s victory and solid performances during the past seasons have helped put Minot State University on the map in the college hockey world. Congratulations to coach Wade Regier and everyone involved with the club hockey program.

KNIVES ON A PLANE We’re still scratching our heads a bit over last week’s decision by the Transportation Security Administration to allow airline passengers to carry small knives and sports equipment aboard planes. The new policy, which takes effect April 25, permits folding knives with blades that are 2.36 inches or less in length and are less than 1/2-inch wide. Passengers also will be allowed to include in their carry-on luggage novelty-sized baseball bats less than 24 inches long, toy plastic bats, billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and two golf clubs. Items like box cutters and razor blades are still prohibited. Groups representing flight attendants, pilots and air marshals have expressed concern over the relaxation of the rules, which they say will make flights more dangerous for everyone on board. The TSA said the changes bring U.S. standards in line with international rules, and allow TSA employees to concentrate on more serious safety threats. The items now allowed on planes “aren’t going to contribute to bringing an airplane down,” according to one TSA?official. We disagree. We understand we’re talking about small knives here, but we see no point in going backwards on safety regulations. Could someone attack and kill another passenger or a flight crew member with a folding knife with a blade less than 2.36 inches long? Absolutely. Could such an attack lead to deadlier consequences, including the destruction of an entire plane??It’s possible, and a risk that’s simply unacceptable.