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Can you imagine what Heathrow is going to be like while they try and find space for dozens of airport body scanners?

You can barely swing a cat in the place without hitting a stack of duty free chocolates or whisky, and now we’re all going to be squeezed through scanners which wouldn’t have caught this guy anyway.

Still, at least it’s sending out the right message to terorists, ie:

1. we’re playing catch up

2. we don’t know what we’re doing

3. we’re mainly interested in showing we are doing something without caring too much what that thing is (gesture politics)

4. we’re prepared to curtail the civil liberties of everyone even though it is an identifiable subset of everyone we should be watching out for (it’s not racism, it’s profiling).

5. there will be layer on layer of inconsistent security to inconvenience us, while those who are obviously a threat, whose own parents think they are a threat, who are already on lists of those to watch and who nevertheless are allowed to fly on a one-way ticket bought with cash to the States from Yemen somehow avoid it all.

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