"And yet here's the strange thing: thanks to what didn't happen on Flight 253, the media essentially went mad, 24/7. Newspaper coverage of the failed plot and its ramifications actually grew for two full weeks after the incident until it had achieved something like full-spectrum dominance, according to the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. In the days after Christmas, more than half the news links in blogs related to Flight 253. At the same time, the Republican criticism machine (and the media universe that goes with it) ramped up on the subject of the Obama administration's terror wimpiness; the global air transport system plunked down millions of dollars on new technology which will not find underwear bombs; the homeland security-industrial-complex had a field day; and fear, that adrenaline rush from hell, was further embedded in the American way of life."http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/02/life-in-age-of-terror-fear
And now TSA will start random screening of hands for traces of explosives. When it's your time, it's your time, be it Ebola or mass transit. I am in greater danger from the two drivers who almost t-boned me on a 10-minute drive or the car of young kids tailgating and yelling at me for Lord-knows-what perceived traffic infraction on the last three minute leg of same trip than a frickin' terrorist. Thank you, nervous soccer moms.