Thursday, August 10, 2006

Irony In The Skies

The Chron's analytical piece on this mornings reported thwarting of a plane-related bomb plot contains at least one line that makes me chuckle:

Its scope was ruthlessly ambitious, causing destruction officials say would have been "unimaginable." The alleged plot to take down several U.S.-bound planes with liquid explosives appears to be unlike anything the world has seen in years.
It's the "in years" that gets me. Not decades. Not ever. Somehow, the Hollywood-esque phrase "unlike anything the world has seen" seems odd when followed by "in years."

More telling, however, is this more basic new report covering the alleged plot in (slightly) more detail. It inverse-pyramids its way on down to the fact that Heathrow - now the scene of massive delays, cancellations, and banned carry-on luggage - was the departure point for Pan Am 103 that exploded over Scotland killing all aboard and many on the ground. After reading grafs and grafs of the security measures governments and airports are taking to protect against this new form of in-cabin bomb making (no more shampoo, no more iPod, no more hand luggage period if your flight originates in the UK right now), the article ends with this unfortunate fact pertaining to the Pan Am crash:

The explosive was hidden in a portable radio secreted in checked baggage.

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