It’s this: airline passengers can’t use the bathroom an hour before landing.
It makes no sense. If somebody wanted to blow up an airplane, why would they have to do it during that period? After all, they can go to the bathroom and prepare their devices two hours before landing, and the damage will be just as great. The only reason I can see for this ludicrous regulation is a post facto reactivity to the last bomber: he went to the bathroom 20 minutes before landing.
Over at Slate, Christopher Hitchens discusses the latest moronic airline regulations — and the futility of thinking that we can prevent all terrorist bombings:
What nobody in authority thinks us grown-up enough to be told is this: We had better get used to being the civilians who are under a relentless and planned assault from the pledged supporters of a wicked theocratic ideology. These people will kill themselves to attack hotels, weddings, buses, subways, cinemas, and trains. They consider Jews, Christians, Hindus, women, homosexuals, and dissident Muslims (to give only the main instances) to be divinely mandated slaughter victims. Our civil aviation is only the most psychologically frightening symbol of a plethora of potential targets. The future murderers will generally not be from refugee camps or slums (though they are being indoctrinated every day in our prisons); they will frequently be from educated backgrounds, and they will often not be from overseas at all. They are already in our suburbs and even in our military. We can expect to take casualties. The battle will go on for the rest of our lives. Those who plan our destruction know what they want, and they are prepared to kill and die for it. Those who don’t get the point prefer to whine about “endless war,” accidentally speaking the truth about something of which the attempted Christmas bombing over Michigan was only a foretaste. While we fumble with bureaucracy and euphemism, they are flying high.
Oh, and here’s another Hitchens piece from the latest Vanity Fair: a frightening description of the pollution of the American military by Christianity.