It is indeed true that terrorism has existed as a global phenomenon for years but I don't see the governments learning any lessons from yesteryears. It has to be seen that armed with the tremendous improvements in technology, communications, weaponry, and transportation systems, the unscrupulous terrorist elements are better able to network their plans and actions.
The last time I travelled it was a busy holiday season and I felt that the AirPort security was not increased to match this increase of customers and there was a point when it seemed that the hidden CCTV cameras were not angled correctly.At other times I saw some very rich people from the middle east or Iraqi origin. Prejudices aside I felt that because of their immense wealth(they were travelling 1st Class) they were spared the ordeal of being searched too much.Also their heavily Burqa clad women passengers were treated less stringently as I felt over dressed in a mini dressed while I was searched from head to toe.
There was also an increase in people holding liquids and hot teas in bottles.As I remember only in the year 2006 some terrorists were stopped from detonating homemade bombs by trying to smuggle a relatively small amount of homemade liquid explosives onboard disguised as sports drinks. It has been a relief to know that Government authorities have established a three ounce liquid limit for carry on items to eliminate the possible risk but there is no guarantee what a harmless three ounce bottle may hold.I have also seen little children playing with mechanized toys and teddy bears.I believe that these toys may carry the risk of being converted into remote controlled bombs.It may seem draconian to suggest that today even the most ordinary items should be scrutinised but creativity and innovation is a hallmark of the most lethal terrorist groups like Al Qaeda.
Another threat that comes from unaccounted cosmetics ,liquids and sprays is what is being carried with in them.Not only can a spray be used to spray something poisonous into the atmosphere but bio-chemicals and viruses can be mixed with the air in the airplane.It is worth learning from yester years horror bibles like the discovery of the 180 pages long Al Qaeda manual which was seized from the Manchester ,England home of a bin Laden disciple, was a shocking moment for Britain and new dilemma for the counterterrorism forces and think tanks of Britain.
The Arabic manual literally translated was about "Military Studies in the Jihad Against the Tyrants," which was basically a complete guide believed to be the "terrorism textbook" with guidance for jihad members on subjects such as assassination ,forgery and preparing poisons in its 18 chapters for the followers of Osama bin Laden. The manual was subsequently placed into evidence during a federal trial of four terrorists who were sentenced to life prison.
From the point of view of a counterterrorism strategist the "terror bible" presents some challenging scenarios for Aviation Security in Particular.. The manual provides seven pages on "Necessary Qualifications And Characteristics For The Organization's Member",three on "Counterfeit