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The person is the weapon

Already wondering how bizarre my flight to Maryland and Virginia in early October is going to be? No shampoo can be carried on, for instance, or bagged in the hold? New rules to uncover before the flight. Wear loafers or deck shoes since you’ll be taking them off now and then, in memory of Richard Reid. All this for the niece’s wedding and chance to see old Vietnam comrade. Worth it.

Hence my interest in this Jerusalem Post piece on Israeli airline security becoming more acceptable in the US. Israeli methods stress that a mere hunt for a weapon in pointy object, shampoo or shoes is fruitless. One must remember that the person is the weapon. I can’t say it made me feel much better, since few details are revealed (Well, of course.-ed. One can dream. One can dream.) but it’s a good overview and a reminder to make sure the will is in order. Air travel is more like 19th century stagecoach, train and steamer travel every year, in terms of the potential dangers–including diseases, albeit different ones–and assorted unpleasant outcomes.