So apparently explosives can be made out of liquid and be detonated with any form of electrical charge. Where does that leave us? No carrying on board a plane any form of liquid or electrical equipment. This on top of scissors, nail clippers or any other form of sharp instruments. The logical part of me thinks: I rather be inconvenienced and arrive alive, than be allowed all the things I want to carry onboard a plane and maybe get blown up in the skies.
But then where do you draw the line? Every measure has a counter-measure. Which will basically mean that if our current level of paranoia increases we’d end up seeing what I had suggested earlier and that is: everyone going onboard on a plane is stripped naked and rendered unconscious.
The answer cannot be an ever stringent level of security. The solution can only be via a thorough addressing of the root causes of terrorism. Easier said than done I’m sure but it has to be more productive and less wasteful than to engage in an ever spiralling race to outmanoeuvre the terrorists’ ingenuity.
I shall end with a couple of pieces that examines the plausability of blowing up planes using liquid explosives, and also a Jon Stewart bit on The Daily Show questioning this incessant fear of “what-if”. Our paranoia is only limited by our imagination about where the terrorists can strike next and how they’d do it, which is everywhere and anyhow. So when do we stop being afraid?