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  •  Well beyond shoes (9+ / 0-)

    the entire concept of airport security as a counter terrorism strategy is silly. The 9/11 attacks succeeded because the passengers and crew on the first three airplanes 'knew' that the hijackers were going to divert the flights to Cuba and demand ransoms and political actions like prisoner release. By the time the 4th airplane was halfway to its destination, the passengers had learned of the actual intention and they rushed the hijackers. There will never be another successful airplane hijacking. The passengers will tear the hijacker's arms off and beat them to death. That's the real lesson of the shoe bomber.  

    "If I pay a man enough money to buy my car, he'll buy my car." Henry Ford

    by johnmorris on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 02:49:36 PM PDT

    •  Well- and box-cutters were legal! (1+ / 0-)
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      StrayCat

      Why didn't they just say--" OK, from now on- NO box-cutters or anything more than nail scissors."  

      •  Why say it? (3+ / 0-)
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        StrayCat, dconrad, brein

        It wasn't the box cutters that made the success, it was the expectations of the victims. Once you know that your two alternatives are to fight or die, you'll fight. Airplane hijackings are over and the weapons are irrelevant.

        "If I pay a man enough money to buy my car, he'll buy my car." Henry Ford

        by johnmorris on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 03:53:34 PM PDT

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