Flying the friendly skies

TSA: Terrorists may be conducting dry runs


Airport security officers around the nation have been alerted by federal officials to look out for terrorists practicing to carry explosive components onto aircraft, based on four curious seizures at airports since last September.

The unclassified alert was distributed on July 20 by the Transportation Security Administration to federal air marshals, its own transportation security officers and other law enforcement agencies.

The seizures at airports in San Diego, Milwaukee, Houston and Baltimore included “wires, switches, pipes or tubes, cell phone components and dense clay-like substances,” including block cheese, the bulletin said. “The unusual nature and increase in number of these improvised items raise concern.”

This isn’t new, though news of the items found adds to the uneasy feeling Murdoc has. Recall the story told by Annie Jacobsen in Terror in the Skies (MO review here) about the odd behavior of supposed Syrian musicians and the subsequent and even odder behavior of our security apparatus.

Dry runs to probe our security? Practice for an actual attack? Deceptions to divert our attention from an attack? Deceptions merely to keep us off-balance? Coincidences that are unrelated to each other or terrorism in any way? Fabrications?

Knowing how our enemies fight, do we dare get complacent?

Of course, it’s probably too late to worry about getting complacent.

UPDATE: Beware the Cheese Bomb


  1. If I ate a brick of cheese on a flight, I’d have the dry runs too, about a week’s worth. Must be part of a clever ploy to kill us with their horrifying body odors. Maybe as clever a ploy as the one those 2 doctors used in trying to take down that airport terminal in Scotland with fuel/air explosives. Only thing was, the gas has to disperse before you light it and the mixture ratio is critical. Thank God (the real one) they’re morons.

  2. It sounds more like someone at DHS and TSA trying to justify their existence after the incidents of TSA employees breezing through security checks with out even getting a funny look. ‘Look Look, we found these suspicious cold packs! See, we really are doing something!’ Sorry, after hearing of certain government agencies fabricating evidence (BATF), or lying about evidence that later turned out to not exist (Compeaon/Ramos trial, DHS said they had evidence that they wanted to go out and ‘shoot some mexicans’), I wouldn’t trust anything that makes it to the nightly news when it involves those guys. Something is rotten in ‘Denmark’…and it aint the cheese!