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  • The embago on fluids seems proportionate, given the description of the threat given, and the seeming credibility of the chemical experts describing liquid explosives.

    I've seen a number of chemistry experts point out that making the alledged mixture would be impossible in an airplane toilet - you need special glass containers for a start, and definitely no bumping around, or what you get is your face burned off and no "explosive" effect but a nasty hot short-lived fire - not something that would result in l
    • Seems like if you could get a molotov cocktail into the cockpit, or perhaps the electronics of the hatch release, then maybe you're in business. Other than that...
      • Then we're back to the observation (not sure how accurate) that unless every passenger is cavity searched (or run through an explosives sniffer) then between them several people can smuggle a reasonable amount of high explosive onto a plane without even needing hand luggage. I'm not sure how one conceals a detonator from the X-Ray machine or the metal detector.

        And if airlines become too secure, why not switch to a fuel air bomb built from a tanker lorry (or a barge)? I understand these to be considerably m

        • My girlfriend suggested that people should have to check in all their luggage and travel naked on the plane. Airlines might hand out uniform sack-like clothes for a small fee.

          Now that would be save...
  • As always, I defer to Bruce Schneier for the last word on security related matters.