The latest terrorist attempt to take down an airplane has me once again kicking around my radical idea of how far we have to go if we want to make sure that no terrorist can ever take down a plane while being a passenger.
Basically, what we need to do is to have all passengers strip down buck naked. Then they must be poked and prodded...all of them...no exceptations. They must fly to their destination this way.
Their luggage must be flown on a different plane. No one is allowed carry-ons of any sort. And the buggage plane can only be used for baggage; it cannot carry passengers.
Furthermore, all passengers must be given drugs, so that they sleep during the entire flight.
All passengers must be subjected to xrays, and other assorted scans; we do not want people hiding bombs in body cavities.
Of course, the flaw in this plan is that it leaves the door open to biological terrorism. It also does not prevent terrorist organizations from recruiting airlane employees.
Oh, on second thought, let's ban just all airtravel and go back to trains and steamboats. After all, it is the only way to make airlanes perfectly safe. And that is what we all want, isn't it?