Muslim Binary Bombs will put pressure on Airline travel, Tourism

Tough New Security Rules are sure to discourage air travel.

The Christmas Day Muslim terror attack on Northwest Airlines flight 253 failed only because the Muslim fascist who carried it out did not properly mix and ignite the binary explosive strapped to his body.

That is this writer’s opinion after some basic online research and watching a video about binary explosives.

According to what we can gather from news reports and the criminal complaint (linked below), the Nigerian Muslim terrorist named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab made it through several security inspections prior to boarding the aircraft in Amsterdam. As the Airbus 330 descended into Detroit, the terrorist spent some 20 minutes in the washroom and then returned to his seat where he attempted to set off an explosive device that was strapped to his leg. The device “popped” – that is partially exploded – and then started to burn.

Merry Christmas from Muslim Fascists

The Muslim terrorist was jumped by passengers who restrained him from further attempts to murder every man, woman and child on the aircraft. The criminal complaint states that cabin crew members used fire extinguishers to put out the man’s “pants leg and the wall of the airplane” that were on fire. The device contained the powerful explosive Pentaerythritol tetranitrate also known as PETN. A partially melted syringe was found nearby.

“PETN is more sensitive to shock or friction than TNT or tetryl, and it is never used alone. It is primarily used in booster and bursting charges of small caliber ammunition, in upper charges of detonators in some land mines and shells, and as the explosive core of detonation cord.[2] PETN is also one of the ingredients of the Semtex plastic explosive.” … from Wikipedia

Binary Explosives – Undetectable and benign until mixed

I didn’t know much about “binary explosives” until this terror attack, but as is normal these days it doesn’t take long to acquire some basic knowledge through the internet. What I discovered is frightening. Binary explosives are made by combining two substances in the right proportions. Some of the substances are undetectable with bomb-sniffing equipment until they are mixed together. The components can be disguised as common items such as make-up powder, toothpaste and hand sanitizing gel.

When done properly the explosives can be incredibly powerful – and are made all the more powerful when the target is a high-flying pressurized airliner that is subject to explosive decompression when even a small hole is opened in the aluminum skin.

Successful ignition of binary explosives can be tricky, and for this reason the mixture is sometimes enhanced with a third substance to allow the explosive to be set off by an ordinary fuse and cigarette lighter instead of a blasting cap or munitions primer. Timing of the ignition can also be important: too soon or too late after mixing and some binary explosives will burn instead of exploding. Once again, this is basic information and much much more is all to be found on the internet including detailed bomb-making instructions.

Considering everything I’ve been able to learn about the attack and binary explosives, I think that the Muslim fascist failed only because he did not properly mix and ignite the binary explosive strapped to his body. He made it through security, he mixed the ingredients and he ignited them. Thank God they didn’t explode.

The impact on the airline industry is the same as if the Muslim terrorist had exploded his bomb and brought down NorthWest Flight 253

New Airline Security Measures a direct result of NorthWest Flight 253

The airline industry and governments are still in the first stages of their response to what happened on Flight 253, but some of the new security measures being reported in the media and on traveler’s forums are so strict that we believe they will seriously impact airline passenger arrivals in Barbados if this is the new reality of air travel.

We’re not saying that these security measures aren’t a necessary response to the threat of Muslim binary bombs – we’re saying that for many prospective visitors to Barbados, the increased security may be the final straw in deciding to drive to Florida or Portugal for a vacation instead of flying to Barbados. Okay, it’s a couple of days hard driving, or maybe folks will take a train or stay in the south of France, or go on a cruise leaving from Southampton – but at a certain point ordinary vacationers will say, “Flying to Barbados or anywhere isn’t worth it.”

“Under new rules enacted by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, passengers and their carry-on baggage will be subject to full searches both at airport screening points and prior to boarding at the aircraft gate area. As a result of the added security precautions, passengers should also expect delayed and cancelled flights as well as missed connections.” (from a travel advisory forum)

At a certain point vacationers will say, “Flying to Barbados or anywhere isn’t worth it.”

Has that time come? Consider some of the new security measures put in place in the last 48 hours as gathered from news stories and travel forums. (See some of the links at the bottom of our story.)

Once again, these measures might be temporary or they might be the new reality…

– Intense hand search of carry-on luggage for everybody. Line up at security a minimum 2 hours before the flight.

– Personal search for all passengers.

– Searched twice: once going through security, and another hand search at the gate prior to boarding. Everybody.

– Only one carry-on bag per person.

– No liquids, gels or toothpaste at all allowed in carry-on baggage. (Report from passenger that her contact lens container in pocket had to be emptied.)

– No electronic devices allowed to be used in flight.

– No getting out of your seat during the last hour of flight. (Gotta go? Too bad!)

– No access to your carry on bag during flight. None. Bag must be stored overhead, not under the seat ahead of you. That’s why only one carry-on allowed so everything fits in the overheads. (Man, those diapers on the kids in row 43 are going to be stinky!)

At a certain point ordinary travelers will say, “Flying isn’t worth it.” Has that time come?

Barbados will feel the impact

While our more northern Caribbean neighbours may be able to balance a loss of flying travelers with an increase in cruise ship arrivals (assuming more folks choose to drive to Florida and take a cruise ship from Miami instead of flying to the Caribbean) – Barbados is at the end of the line for the Miami cruise ships. I’m not sure how much we would benefit from even a 20% increase in Caribbean cruise ship traffic as much of that traffic would, I think, stay north for shorter trips.

I don’t have any solutions friends, and I’m no travel expert. I hope I’m proven wrong, but I think that the terror attack on Northwest Airlines flight 253 is horrible news for Barbados tourism.

Further Reading

ABC News – Officials: Only A Failed Detonator Saved Northwest Flight – Terror scare leads to new travel rules

Globe Mail – Nigerian charged with trying to blow up airliner

Globe Mail – Montreal woman aboard Flight 253 tells of foiled terror attack

ABC News – Investigators: Northwest Bomb Plot Planned by al Qaeda in Yemen

Criminal Complaint by FBI (pdf)


Filed under Aviation, Barbados, Barbados Tourism, Religion, Tourism, Travel, Traveling and Tourism

25 responses to “Muslim Binary Bombs will put pressure on Airline travel, Tourism

  1. Sooner or later, it has been said as a joke – but maybe now it will be considered? Would folks have to travel naked?

  2. It is terrible for everyone. I already only fly perhaps once every 1 or 2 years because of the hassle of flying. If you do not carry any bags, they think you are suspicious and now, if you only take one, you can’t even use it on the flight. Also, it isn’t just a tourism thing of course, simple things such as seeing friends, familiy and even your pets is going to be a problem. International students looking to come home during the holidays, would they even bother to attend that international university anymore or simply stay within their country? Business people who have to catch up on work, those 3 or 4 hours (or more) in the air is extremely precious to look over presentations or whatever. I guess we will see how this plays out.

  3. Crusoe = Idiot

    Naked? You forgot the handcuffs.

  4. A very interesting post indeed….also please share your opinion on Muslims & Europe:

  5. Al Barack

    Hey folks like I am here in Barbados…..not flying and the BLP & DLP gov’ts treating me like a common criminal.

    So it tells me that it is not only the travelling public in trouble but the ones on the ground also.

  6. When on Rome, do as the Romans do.

  7. Simple

    As I read of these new rules in various newspapers and websites I am pretty sure they only apply to flights within the US or flights entering the US from International destinations. Don’t think it would affect Barbados in the way you are saying unless they deceide to apply new rules across the board, which it is to my understanding not yet the case.

  8. Observer

    Do we introduce and sanction profiling? On our immigration form should we asked our religion? This world as we know it is becoming increasingly !@#$%^&* up.

  9. Crusoe


    While I may be thick-skinned, for you to allow a blogger to continue to insult another’s ‘handle’, even if it is a pseudonym, is in poor taste.

    I hope you get the idea.

  10. Crusoe

    Comparing the dangers of onland travel versus air travel, it is silly to think that air travel is not worth it.

    Firstly, one can easily be killed in a car accident in USA.

    On average, one hundred and fifteen people die every day in motor accidents in the USA.

    So, two days on USA roads accounts for the equivalent of one airplane load.

    Just two days.

    Now, in terms of terrorism, air travel is significantly safer than train travel.

    Considering the security checks, even without increased measures, air travel is monitored.

    Train travel is not. It would be easy and indeed possibly free of threat to the perpetrator, to bomb a train, considering all of the materials available freely in stores.

    Trains also carry more people.

    Funny thing is, air travel is just more high profile, which makes widespread news.

    The pecularity is that the apparent ‘terrorists’, given such easy targets, obviously do not use their heads in selection.

    So, as usual while all life is precious, the usual comparative excess attention to air travel misses substantial realities on the issue.

  11. Huh?

    To simple, I read that many of the measures are being imposed abroad for all flights. I haven’t spoken to any Brit tourists yet but I’ll do that on Monday at work and report back.

  12. Simple

    To Huh?,
    Let me know if you find out anything differant than what’s on airline websites as below.

    Passengers travelling to destinations outside the United States or from the United States are not affected. —

    Increased Airport Security Screening from any non-U.S. location “TO” the United States —

    As a result of the new security measures imposed by Canadian and U.S. government authorities, flights from Canada “TO” the United States continue to experience significant delays and cancellations.

  13. Probably not Al Barack

    Good Morning folks,

    Another week and I am waiting on my money.

    I could not help but notice that fellow blogger CRUSOE seems to have a problem with me using this medium to get my views across.

    Well I have news for him and others………

  14. Creeping Tiger


    Do you believe people are to sit idly by and allow these criminals to conquer. Come out of your small island mentality and deal with reality. There are so many ways to fight back these criminals it aint funny.

    Think man think !

  15. Mobutu

    If Bajan tourism is threatened by disruptions to commercial aviation, why isn’t the government addressing the root causes of these threats?
    There are two principal reasons why Islamic extremists continue to try to blow up British and American airliners (and urban rail systems): (1) Western nations have helped Israel to steal and control Palestinian Arab land; and (2) Western nations constantly seek to undermine traditional Islamic values by promoting feminism, homosexuality and other forms of “secular humanism” in the Middle East.
    Our Bajan diplomats should be helping resolve international tensions by supporting ongoing Arab initiatives to compel the return of stolen Arab land and to compensate Arab victims of Jewish terror. The UN General Assembly should be a forum for developing an international consensus on respect for non-Western values and other forms of cultural diversity, and rejecting the “universal” claims of American and European ideologies.
    The alternative is a protracted fight against the Islamic world that will limit economic growth in the Caribbean and may eventually exhaust even the United States.

  16. BFP

    Ahhhhhh, well.

    But the terrorists themselves for the most part state that their intent is to impose worldwide dominance of Islam.

    But what the hell, let’s just have reciprocity. Just as soon as Christian churches are allowed to be built in Mecca, and elsewhere in the Middle East without the payment of jizza – then I’m willing to listen about human rights failings against Islam in the west.


    PS… I guess you’d support the return of all removed Jewish Iranians back to Iran then and the return of their real estate to them? Let me know, ok?


    Oh…. one last thing. I just want to know if you believe that all Muslims who convert to another religion should be executed.

    A simple “no” will do.


    Oh…. I keep thinking of things. Tell me that you don’t believe that women should need four witnesses (all male) to prove rape.

    Also that you believe that the sexual mutilation of women to deprive them of sexual pleasure as practiced throughout the Muslim world is a human rights crime.


  17. Probably not Al Barack


    The 2 American businessmen who have expressed an interest in buying my debt with the NHC matter will arrive in the island tomorrow 30th Dec, 2009.

    Is it possible I can arrange a meeting between you and these 2 gentleman tomorrow evening ?

    I am sure you would be glad to have a chat with them.

    Let me know if the date is convenient.

  18. Mathilde

    I wonder how much longer all the PC crap Western nations tout is going to keep Regular Joe under control and not go crazy on the nearest Muslim…
    If your intent is to force your religion on everyone in the world Im afraid you missed that boat 300 years ago… all they are doing is slowly grinding down the tolerance level Christianity has ingrained in westerners.

  19. Mobutu

    Regrettably, BFP spreads a great deal of MISINFORMATION. Consider your inflammatory statements:
    (1)”Tell me that you don’t believe that women should need four witnesses (all male) to prove rape”.
    (2) “Also that you believe that the sexual mutilation of women to deprive them of sexual pleasure as practiced throughout the Muslim world is a human rights crime”.

    The term “sexual mutilation” is a derogatory Western term for female circumcision (partial or complete removal of the clitoris), a traditional practice in scattered African, Asian and South American cultures. It is NOT a practice rooted in Islam or any other major religion, and is NOT mentioned in either the Koran or the Bible. It is NOT practiced “throughout the Muslim world”–it is very unusual in Islamic countries like Turkey, Syria, Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia, or Indonesia. It is as common in certain non-Islamic societies (e.g., Ethiopia and Eritrea) as in some Islamic societies (Sudan, Egypt). It is NOT an “Arab” practice. (e.g., in Iraq, it is practiced primarily by Kurds, not by Arabs).

    The motives for this practice, which is primarily performed by women on other women, vary from place to place. It is considered a “traditional” cosmetic procedure in some societies (i.e., performed to improve the aesthetic appeal of the female genitalia). In other societies, it is designed to reduce–but not extinguish–the intensity of sexual desire in young women.

    My position on this issue: I consider this practice to be a valid option for those who choose to embrace it as part of their cultural inheritance. It has nothing to do with Islam, and it is not a human rights issue (just as liposuction is not a human rights issue in North America).

    From ttp://
    Western propagandists have often reiterated the myth that Islam requires a woman to produce four witnesses to prove that she has been raped, failing which she will be punished with adultery and lying. To complete the insult, the lie has also been spiced up with the claim that these four witnesses have to be Muslim males. This is an absolute myth that has been propagated systematically by those who would like to tarnish the reputation of Islam and its followers. Sadly, the myth has been well digested, even by Muslims who know very little about Islamic jurisprudence. The [Koranic] verse in question is from the chapter of The Light in the Al-Quran:
    “And those who accuse chaste women (of adultery) and then do not produce four witnesses — lash them with eighty lashes and do not accept from them testimony ever after. And those are the defiantly disobedient. Except for those who repent thereafter and reform, for indeed Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.”

    It is clear that the [reference] to four witnesses applies only to the accusation of adultery, not rape. In fact, it demonstrates the protection that Islam offers to women. Should a female be accused of adultery, not one, but four witnesses have to testify against her. Failing that, the accuser can be punished for slander. [This is in contrast to Western courts where the damaging testimony of just one witness is sufficient to close a case]. So what about punishment for the rapist? This is indicated by an incident that happened during the time of the Prophet:
    “Narrated Wa’il ibn Hujr: “When a woman went out in the time of the Prophet for prayer, a man attacked her and overpowered (raped) her. She shouted and he went off, and when a man came by, she said: That (man) did such and such to me. And when a company of the Emigrants came by, she said: That man did such and such to me. They went and seized the man whom they thought had had intercourse with her and brought him to her.
    She said: Yes, this is he. Then they brought him to the Apostle of Allah.
    When he (the Prophet) was about to pass sentence, the man who (actually) had assaulted her stood up and said: Apostle of Allah, I am the man who did it to her.
    He (the Prophet) said to her: Go away, for Allah has forgiven you. But he told the man some good words (Abu Dawud said: “meaning the man who was seized”), and of the man who had had intercourse with her, he said: “Stone him to death.”
    -Source: The Hadith of Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 38, Entry 4366
    This incident demonstrates that the Prophet made no demand for four witnesses when the woman cried rape. In fact, testimony from the woman alone was enough, though she had identified her assailant incorrectly until the real perpetrator came forward. Again, the requirement for four male witnesses is an absolute myth.

  20. Probably not Al Barack


    I guess you guys are busy making up your minds about my earlier request that appears above.

    Anyhow don’t you guys find it passing strange than in the CLICO affair Mia Mottley told the whole world she is fighting on behalf of the vulnerable policy holders .

    How come in my case she or none of her party people have raised their voices to fight for me a – vulnerable man ?

    Oh GEORGE !

  21. Darian

    How did go from talking about some jackass trying to blow up a plane setting himself on fire (yeah Darwin) to ‘honour killings’?

  22. Latest Muslim terror attack

    Here is a new muslim terror attack

    Danish police stop attack on cartoonist

    COPENHAGEN – Denmark’s intelligence service says police have foiled an attempt to kill cartoonist Kurt Westergaard — the artist who drew cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, causing outrage in the Muslim world.
    Jakob Scharf, who heads the PET intelligence service, says a 28-year-old Somalia man was armed with an axe and a knive when he entered Westergaard’s home in Aarhus.
    Scharf says the attack was “terror related,” adding the suspected assailant has close contacts to the Somali terrorist group, al-Shabaab.
    The Somali man was shot by police in the knee and the shoulder during the Friday attack. Preben Nielsen of the police in Aarhus, where the attack took place, said the suspect was seriously injured but his life was not in danger.

  23. Uncle Sam

    Binary explosives are NOT easy to find (materiel) or to make.
    The so-called video evidence (showing a pen bomb and a watermelon) is extremely suspect.

    Cause for concern – possibly .
    Reason to stop flying – not at all.
    You’re in more danger driving to the airport.

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