According to The Mirror officials at Heathrow have concerns that al-Qaeda is targeting flights out of
Already lines are longer than usual at the normally crowded airport. With the summer traveling season coming to an end, more fliers are returning home from vacations and the terrorism alert is adding to the congestion.
Much of the fear lies in the fact that present scanning devices are not able to detect the bombs. So far there have been no incidents but government sources admit they know about the threat.
Neither Heathrow officials nor the Department of Transport will comment on specific details.
Another factor that is certain to create controversy will be the eventual necessity of invasive physical searches of females who are possible suspects. Considering the furor over full-body scanners, intensified pat downs are guaranteed to generate a vocal debate along with an abundance of claims of abuse.
One British woman has already cried foul saying, “I am waiting for brain bombs. If those bombs can make terrorist brains change.”
Not that it matters much to the suicide bomber what method is used, but terrorism experts believe the explosives can be triggered by an injection which chemically reacts with the implants or they may be set off electronically.
The terrorist tactic is a variation on an old strategy employed by al-Qaeda which has used women in the past for some of its operations. As airport security has increased and improved, Islamists have found new methods of circumventing technology.
Willing female jihadists have previously been able to avoid scrutiny by inserting explosives into intimate body cavities where invasive inspections are easy to protest.
Complaining against having their personal dignity defiled is a good technique for women to prevent such procedures.
In other instances, veils have been used as decoys by women declaring religious persecution if they have to be removed. There have even been situations where males have dressed in traditional Islamic female clothing to avoid being searched.
Ibrahim al-Asiri, al-Qaeda’s chief bomb maker, is believed to be the mastermind behind the new explosive devices.
Recent prison breaks in Pakistan combined with attacks in Yemen that have, as yet, not materialized are raising fears of a new wave of jihadist global activity. With attention focused on
The latest al-Qaeda threat certainly opens up the opportunity for all sorts of double entendres and provides plenty of material for the late night talk shows for now.
Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in