The mid-August terrorism scare in London exposed for all to see the continued vulnerability of air transport to a major operational disruption. Despite nearly five years to prepare, airports and airlines were left scrambling to cope with unprecedented (and, we would argue, ludicrous) carry-on restrictions imposed in the US and UK in hopes of denying Islamist terrorists another shot at a 9/11-style atrocity. An unwillingness by most Western governments to consider ethnic or religious ...

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