The latest threat to America’s skies — explosive surgical implants that authorities have dubbed “belly bombs” — poses a security challenge so bizarre that air travelers learning of the new danger Wednesday could only scratch their heads and wonder what’s next.
If those fliers had collagen injections or dental implants, what’s next may mean having their heads examined. Literally.
The Transportation Security Administration advised airlines that terror groups are believed to be experimenting with explosives that could be implanted in buttocks and breasts, allowing suicide bombers to pass through airport body scanners undetected. This raised the specter of a surgically altered world in which it must be asked:
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If Pamela Anderson has to undergo an MRI to get on an airplane, have the terrorists won?
Because airport body scans don’t show the blood and bones beneath the skin, this new threat is at once so sophisticated and medieval that security officials may resort to trace detection swabs to detect bombs under the skin — a procedure rarely used in this country.
“It’s already so difficult with all the screening devices, maybe they should just spray everybody with those swabs,” said Marilu Nieto, who brought her grandson to Mineta San Jose International Airport on Wednesday. “That’s what it’s coming to. Just hose them all down.”