“He who defends everything, defends nothing” – Frederick the Great

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the alleged bomber of a Detroit plane, will put another nail into the coffin of easy air travel and spell millions of pounds/dollars/euros in improvements in airport security equipment. After attempting to ignite explosives stored in his pants (no sniggering at the back) he managed to set his leg on fire, was over-powered and arrested.

This latest breach of airport security has caused a massive amount of security soul searching in the US and a further ratcheting up of security measures and their attendant delays. As well as increased security at the airport, the US has recommended all passengers remain seated for the last hour of the flight and have no access to hand luggage, or have anything on their lap, for that period. Soon it will only be terrorists who will be prepared to put up with all the delays involved in flying to the US.


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