When the lead story on NBC Nightly News is that Al Qaeda terrorists are exploring ways to surgically implant bombs into the bodies of suicide bombers, you just know that American travelers are about to suffer.
That's right, Brian Williams has just scared the wits out of this country, and we can all be sure the kind folks at the Transportation Security Administration will overreact horribly this summer traveling season.
People traveling to the U.S. from overseas may experience additional screening at airports because of the threat, according to the TSA."These measures are designed to be unpredictable, so passengers should not expect to see the same activity at every international airport," TSA spokesman Nick Kimball told The Associated Press. "Measures may include interaction with passengers, in addition to the use of other screening methods such as pat-downs and the use of enhanced tools and technologies."
This is not, as Mr. Williams says, really in the "what will they think of next category." As soon as I heard the news, I thought to myself...this all sounds vaguely familiar...and in fact, I was correct. In February of 2010, British intelligence officials began hearing chatter from Yemen that Al Qaeda planned to put explosives into breast implants for a new wave of female suicide bombers.
This begs the question: How can they catch this sort of terrorist? According to reports, the answer is not in the millimeter wave body scanners...in fact, TSA is probably going to turn to more low-tech methods such as specialized canine units. Still, I always think back to that 1990 mega sci-fi hit (and some of the Governator's best work), Total Recall. Can you totally recall the "airport security" scene?
It looked just like this:
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