Once more we must panic for no reason

Dec 27, 2009 | | |

Ah yes. Trust the Americans and the TSA especially to overreact to everything. In an "alleged" "plot" to ignite and underpants bomb (seriously), some idiot failed a couple of days ago so now, according to twitter reports, passengers on international flights are not being allows to take any electronic items on board, must be restrained in their seats for the last hour of the flight, and are not allowed pillows or blankets or anything else that might obscure their laps.
Yes - because air travel is such an incredibly pleasant luxury as it is.
I want to see them enforce the no electronics one - I don't know anyone who would risk putting cellphones, cameras, laptops or anything that valuable in hold baggage;- the TSA would just steal it. Families with kids with gameboys and PSPs - really?
Of course security has been stepped up at airports again because again airport security failed - just as it always does. This time, as predicted, it was passenger intervention that brought the shenanigans to a halt.

You know what this is? This is nothing more than a thinly-veiled attempt by the TSA to "prove" that full-body scanners should become mandatory. You can already see the pitch: "But if this passenger had been through a full body scanner, it would have detected the explosives". Yes - just like the full-body explosive sniffers detected the "alleged" shoe bomber.