So, apparently airline security hopped on their water skis and decided to imitate the Fonz. I'm going to go ahead and state something which I thought was apparent, but maybe it wasn't. If enough people are willing to kill themselves in order to destroy an aircraft, eventually one will succeed. The couple inches of aluminum and insulation which protect the people in an aircraft from the below-freezing temperature and oxygen-deprived air will not withstand a truly dedicated assailant. As we have seen with Flight 93, The Shoe Bomber, and now the flight to Detroit, the best defense are the people at the point of attack.
Yes. It was a flight originating from Europe. But they're following the TSA's idiotic rules about what can and can not be brought on a flight. I can't say that I'm thrilled a guy whose name was on a watch list was able to board an international flight, while carrying an incendiary device. If we're going to inconvenience every 18-40 year old man with the name Abdul Mohammed, can someone at least give a pat down to the guy who is actually supposed to be checked out a little bit more?
I have no doubt that a lot of this is perception bias. Or at least I hope it is. It's been 8 years since 9-11. Us teeming masses only hear about the failures of the security apparatus. The times when someone manages to sneak something in they shouldn't have and tries to use it. Luckily they've been unsuccessful each time.