Thursday, August 10, 2006

Air terror plot foiled in London

Scotland Yard reported this morning they foiled what could have been a major terrorist operation, one that could have easily surpassed the 9/11 tragedy. This scheme involved would be suicide bombers bringing on high explosives in carry-on baggage -- then detonating them over the Atlantic. As many as ten planes might have been blown up, simultaneously.

This news broke when I came home from work early this morning, so I haven't had a chance to write about it until now. Suffice it to say that it's high time the cops were doing their jobs -- unlike five years ago. However, one has to wonder just how extreme the new measures put in place for most flights are. One now has to check their carry-on bag, except for the most basic personal effects and one's passport. No more bottled water, hair gel, shaving cream or the like. Even breast milk must be consumed by the parent to prove it's safe -- in a scene right out of Fahrenheit 9/11.

This probably doesn't affect me too much, as I had no plans on air travel for the foreseeable future. I do have to wonder, however, how much longer people are willing to tolerate the so-called "new normal."

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