Knee jerk security

So there's a plot to blow up a plane discovered. The plot is uncovered. People are arrested. So far, so good. The final step? Severely restrict passenger carry-on luggage, and send military personell to airports.

I fail to understand the necessity of that last little step. Is the plot not truly foiled? Are they afraid of copy cats? It doesn't make sense. Imagine a plot to disrupt freeway traffic in southern califronia by dropping caltrops into the street. The plot is foiled. Flush with success, the CHP shut down all freeways in response! Maybe tanks can be rolled out onto the 405.


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