First we had the shoe-bomber (so now, all air passengers have to show Security their shoes) – and today we have the underpants-bomber (I understand they now have MACHINES for scanning those – but they still have to be MANNED).
Understandably, the joke-smiths have had a field day – “Is that a bomb in your underpants, or are you just pleased to see me?” – “Do you have a weapon of mass destruction in your underpants?” “I’ve had no complaints so far!” – there are a million of those.
But there is one thing that seems to have escaped consideration in all of this madness. In both cases, the would-be bombers were STOPPED by fellow-passengers, trying to set their devices off in the passenger compartments of the aeroplanes. WHY?
Did it occur to NEITHER of these bozos they could have fulfilled their destinies without interruption – had they simply visited the planes’ TOILETS?
I mean, having gotten their devices through security, they would then have had at least several minutes of privacy – and could have taken their time activating them. And presuming they had been powerful enough, the end result would have been the same – REGARDLESS of where they WERE on the aircraft.
Of course, had the devices just gone “phut” – they would have looked pretty silly coming back out of the toilets with their faces blackened and their hair awry – like in those old-time comedies.
Maybe they figured those seventy-two virgins might be unimpressed when they heard the guys had died in TOILETS – but at least they would have escaped the indignity of being nailed by the planes’ PASSENGERS.
This is of course a difficult subject to keep a straight face about. It is a symptom of the human condition that we need to laugh at horrific events – which these instances would have BEEN, had the two jokers in question been more competent.
But it does raise the serious issue that there really is NO WAY we can protect ourselves from EFFICIENT terrorists. Confiscating passengers’ nail-files is bullsh*t. If the authorities REALLY want to protect us, they need to get HIGH-TECH.
Computer software that can recognise “shifty” body language is already imminent. And good intelligence helps too. But until all of that is in place (because eliminating the CAUSE of people’s hate for each other will take CENTURIES) we better hope ALL terrorists f*ck up as comprehensively as these two morons did…