The stability of the decaying laminar flow in a suddenly blocked channel is investigated. The partial differential system governing the stability of the flow is solved using a WKB type of approach. It is shown that the first term of the WKB expansion of the disturbance velocity field is just that obtained by a quasi-steady approach. The flow is found to be unstable at quite small Reynolds numbers. This instability is associated with the inflexional nature of the velocity profiles of the decaying flow.