Tuesday, August 15, 2006

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Maybe I'm missing something but I'm not quite getting this ban on airline passengers carrying liquids into airports. I mean, people smuggle illegal substances on to airplanes all the time, and it's not in their baggage. What security measures do we have against terrorists sneaking explosives in their gullets? Anyone scanning for breast implants loaded with nitro instead of saline?

I know what you're thinking: Who the hell would put explosives in their bodies? Suicide bombers, that's who! Are these ideas crazy? So what? Since when are suicidal terrorists sane?

Yes, the new security certainly inconveniences them, but I never heard anyone trumpet "We must inconvenience terror." Must be a dozen ways around this liquid ban, though I can only name three. How many can you think of?

Inconvenience Terror


  1. They could also just buy their own 747 and crash it into a building. But it's alot more difficult.

    Personally, I'm not so sure they're going to be able to take down a plane this way anyhow. It takes a pretty big explosion to bring down a plane from the inside.

    By Anonymous Josh Einstein, at 8/16/2006 03:12:00 AM

  2. Josh, you're presenting some straightforward logic, but I'm saying that's an incomplete method for dealing with people who are already thinking beyond what is logical. This liquid ban is like adding another lock to the front door while leaving the kitchen door unlocked. People don't buy 747s every day, but illegal substances regularly get smuggled in digestive tracts. At best, this ban is an inconvenience to terrorists. At worst, it forces them to smuggle explosives in a way that we regularly fail to detect.

    As far as the explosive power needed, that's another example of straightforward logic: big plane requires a big explosion. Actually, it only takes two small ones: one for the cockpit door and another for the cockpit. Plane goes down pretty easily if there's no way or no one to control it.

    This ban is a good show of security and, again, I'm sure it's an inconvenience in terror plots, but IMO it's more spectacle than anything else.

    By Blogger Sumocat, at 8/16/2006 12:55:00 PM

  3. Still waiting for the infamous Pantaloon Bomber :P


    By Anonymous Timbo, at 8/16/2006 06:40:00 PM

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