Always Look On the Bright Side of Life
Buddy Larsen reckons passengers will soon be flying in their underwear given the restrictions on handcarried items in aircraft cabins. STRATFOR thinks that "once liquids are banned from planes, jihadists will find another alternative" method of attack. One Samizdata commenter posted this speculative piece of dialogue: "Did you see the news today, Ahmad? All the brothers had to do was TALK ABOUT carrying bombs onto airplanes, and now they quake in fear of every gym bag! Until the end of time, no Infidel will carry a Godless bottle of water or satanic book onto an airplane! Millions of money and thousands of hours of aggravation, just from talk!"
And now as the draconian precautions spread to South America and beyond, and US travelers facing the prospect of dual screening -- once at check-in and another at boarding -- the question is how long before Buddy Larsen is right. It might well be better to separate travelers from their luggage altogether. Every piece of luggage could be loaded on another, cargo-only airplane. Passengers could then asked to strip, deposit their civvies in a tray to join their luggage and ordered to dress in disposable paper clothes or gowns of the sort that are provided in hospitals to travel in. The better to do a body cavity search should the need arise. Passengers would then be reunited with their baggage and clothes at their destination, but given the potential for lost luggage it's not inconceivable that a fair number of people will be wandering around airports buck-naked as Buddy Larsen predicted.
Then of course as STRATFOR pointed out, "jihadists will find another alternative" method of attack. "Government's invariable response to terrorism," another Samizdata commenter said, "is a new set of restrictions on the previously innocuous behavior of ordinary citizens". Eventually the day may come when whole populations are wandering around in the functional equivalent of prison clothes and leading their lives under maximum security conditions without even being able to mention how they came to that unfortunate state.
Maybe those who can should move to Florida while the gettin's good. And considering Buddy Larsen's prediction, Global Warming if it exists may not be such a bad thing after all.