How Is It That The Security Is Being Laxed Today?
December 27, 2009 3:34am CST
I am sure all of you would have already read about the recent "Syringe Bomber" appearing on the flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. On how this Nigerian Abdulmutallab was thought to have boarded KLM Flight 588 in Lagos, transferring on to Northwest Airlines Flight 253 at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, which departed with 278 passengers on board on Christmas Day for Detroit nearly succeeded igniting himself and exploding the plane. In the first place, how did he manage to bring so much explosives with him on board? It is really beyond my expectation that security could take a backseat here. The explosive strapped to his leg which was pentaerythritol tetranitrate, an unstable explosive related to nitrogylcerin, that is both colourless and odourless were not detected in any of the security checks before boarding is just appalling. Whatever happened to the state of the art x-ray machines? Then, I am wondering how a man 'known’to international security officials got to get on board with "minimal" security checks? How would he have gone through airport security in Lagos airport – which cleared a US security audit only last month – and faced minimal further checks in the transit lounge in Holland? Why should checks be minimal for passengers in transit when it should be full and comprehensive? Most of all, why this Abdulmutallab was not put on the “no fly” list? From this incident, I felt that there is still a gaping loophole in the measures to stop air terrorism and that there is really a need to standardize measures, procedures and protocols. It is really telling that government security agencies are not clicking or rather looking at each other eye to eye and connecting at vital issues. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1238574/Syringe-bomber-flight-253-detonates-explosives-strapped-leg-hypodermic-needle.html
28 Dec 09
I haven't heard of that news yet but it is so scary especially to the people who travels because there is a threat around. I cant believe that they are still exist because I thought that they are done bombing after what happened to world trade. I guess they really wont stop attacking the US and the poor people are the one who suffers from it.
28 Dec 09
junmae, Terrorism today is going on a broader perspective where it is no longer targeting Americans only as you can see in the recent attacks in Indonesia, India and Pakistan. I felt that there is a need for all countries to be cohesive in the campaign against terrorism. It needs to get down to the root of the problem which is all pointing to some warped religious observance. I hope that this will bring about a new awareness and awakening. Have a nice day and compliments of the season.
28 Dec 09
I am glad that he did not suceed in bombing the plane, think of all the families that were in the plane. I hear that the bomb was a mixture of chemicals which are not banned in planes. There is need for security at the airports.
• United States
28 Dec 09
One of the problems is that we are reactive and not proactive. We will make changes after something happens. If we really wanted to make airline travel safe we would develop a profile of a terrorists and thoroughly screen people who fit that profile. When you have someone who is acting suspicious you question them and the serener must be satisfied before the person boards the plane. Israel has done this for years and has not had a hijacking of a plane leaving their airports. We need to be concerned about security and not worry about offending someone. Once they know we are serious they will avoid airplanes.
28 Dec 09
bobmnu, I do agree with you on the reactive issue and I just cannot believe that security agencies still does not see the gravity of terrorism. I felt that the follow up have been very lacking and not one bit cohesive. I felt this is where and how the perpetrators are finding loopholes in the system and security measures. I hope that there will be an awakening here henceforth, as I just cannot bear to see another Lockerbie or 911 episode relive. Have a nice day and compliments of the season.
• United Kingdom
27 Dec 09
Oh my goodness! I am very shocked indeed to hear that a man managed to get that through security and on to the flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. If it wasn't for the brave and quick thinking passengers that put the fire out everyone might have been killed. I am a keen traveler and know that bottled drinking water can't get past security. I feel worried that this man managed to get all that on the KLM flight.
27 Dec 09
maximax8, Like you I am just shocked on a few counts: 1. How could this man be able to go undetected with the explosives when he first boarded for his KLM from Lagos to Amsterdam to connect to Detroit? 2. How did Lagos Airport managed to be in the audit list of airports in US? 3. Most of all, I just could not understand how this individual could not been found on the "no fly" list when there were enough facts? I hope that there will be an awakening for all country's security agencies.
28 Dec 09
You can't say that security is laxed.................... its that terrorists are using techniques which are unimaginable..................... ya u can tell that we have to be prepared................. bt be realistic................ we only get ready after something dreadful happens............... like India is now ready for any terrorists attack................... after the horrific Mumbai attack..........