nice link, thanks ward.
just out of interest, why _do_ terrorists insist on blowing up airlines? clearly if their sole goal was killing innocents, they would do something less prone to error, like blow up a bomb in the airport.
so equally clearly their goals are _not_ simply to kill innocents. their goals are to make political points, hence the targeting of aircraft and large, impressive targets like the world trade center.
surely that means that these precautions are _not_ pointless?
if the average terrorist is more inclined to making a political point than killing people then precautions designed to catch and neutralise big, error prone attempts make sense.
hence it does make sense to concentrate more on the people entering the aircraft than those at the airport.
hence fred is an idiot.
poor chap. he may never realise this.