Plastic explosives are very powerful, and can be molded into any sort of shape, aiding in their concealment. A piece of plastic explosive about the size of a regular 4 oz stick of butter is enough to destroy most airplanes (this picture shows a piece of C-4, sufficient to destroy a two storey building.
It is because of this 'new' danger (well, plastic explosives have been around in modern form since the 1960s, and terrorists have been using them ever since), and the increased interest by terrorists in smuggling such explosives onto flights, that we all now have to accept being electronically stripped naked when going through airport security, possibly receiving a dangerous dose of x-rays as part of the process; and/or being given an extremely intimate pat-down full body search.
It is for our protection, and to ensure safety/security, that we must endure these new indignities; or so we are told.
But do these procedures actually work? Are they sure to detect all 'artfully concealed' explosives? Alas, no. They don't work at all, and any terrorist knows how to outsmart them.
Read my new article about how terrorists can readily smuggle explosives onto planes, and you too will know how to smuggle explosives onto a plane, and you'll also know why it doesn't even matter if you can do this or not, because there are so many other ways to get explosives onto a plane and destroy it.
But, even after carefully reading the article, you'll be left with one unanswered question – a question we all should be asking of our law-makers. If this new nasty security process at airports doesn't work, why are we being required to do it?