Thursday, September 21, 2006

British Army expert casts doubt on 'liquid explosives' threat

The government is relaxing the restrictions on hand luggage imposed as part of the War on Gels, which so far have cost the UK economy £300m. Unfortunately liquids and gels, including toothpaste, deodorant and hair gel will still be banned. And all this when the best expert commentary I have read says that the threat is a "fiction":

"The idea that these people could sit in the plane toilet and simply mix together these normal household fluids to create a high explosive capable of blowing up the entire aircraft is untenable." —Lt. Col. Nigel Wylde, former head of the Belfast Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit

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