Terror Jamming: Security Guru's Airline Threat Contest
I am not affiliated with this project, but I find it fascinating. Basically, Schneier is inviting the public to come up with their own far-fetched-yet-plausible "terror threat" along the lines of the Heathrow threat that left us all thirsty on the runway. What this guy is suggesting is provocative, incendiary and necessary.
It's important to keep fear in check, especially at times such as these. To my knowledge, the FBI was unable to confirm that 300ml of explosive liquid could bring down a plane, and the same goes with a shoe bomb.
The first Movie-Plot Threat Contest asked you to invent a horrific and completely ridiculous, but plausible, terrorist plot. All the entrants were worth reading, but Tom Grant won with his idea to crash an explosive-filled plane into the Grand Coulee Dam.
This year the contest is a little different. We all know that a good plot to blow up an airplane will cause the banning, or at least screening, of something innocuous. If you stop and think about it, it's a stupid response. We screened for guns and bombs, so the terrorists used box cutters. We took away box cutters and small knives, so they hid explosives in their shoes. We started screening shoes, so they planned to use liquids. We now confiscate liquids (even though experts agree the plot was implausible)...and they're going to do something else. We can't win this game, so why are we playing?
Well, we are playing. And now you can, too. Your goal: invent a terrorist plot to hijack or blow up an airplane with a commonly carried item as a key component. The component should be so critical to the plot that the TSA will have no choice but to ban the item once the plot is uncovered. I want to see a plot horrific and ridiculous, but just plausible enough to take seriously.
Make the TSA ban wristwatches. Or laptop computers. Or polyester. Or zippers over three inches long. You get the idea.
The point seems to be that we are giving up our dignity to science fiction, and Schneier is saying that two (or two million) can play at that game.