Failed Detonator Saved Northwestern Flight
This is what I was concerned about amid all the praise for the passenger's actions. They did the right and brave thing in some cases. Unfortunately, if the bomb had worked as intended, it might not have made any difference.
Maybe they should let passengers start screening flights and vote on who is going along?? Well, it's a thought. As for privacy, I imagine having my body and belongings blown out of the sky would put a real crimp in my privacy, too. Watch Obama turn this into alleged jobs and a chance to spend more money we don't have. Of course, he could back off on health care or some other entitlement. But he won't.
Bomb experts say there was more than enough explosive to bring down the Northwest jet, which had nearly 300 people aboard, had the detonator not failed, and the nation's outdated airport screening machines may need to be upgraded.
"We've known for a long time that this is possible," said Richard Clarke, former counterterrorism czar and ABC News consultant, "and that we really have to replace our scanning devices with more modern systems."
Clarke said full body scans were needed, "but they're expensive and they're intrusive. They invade people's privacy."
Al Qaeda, said Clarke, is aware of this vulnerability in the U.S. airport security system. "They know that this is a weakness and an Achilles' heel in our airport security system and this is the second time they've tried it."