What has prevented a 9/11-style attack is two things and two things only: the cockpit doors have been secured, and passengers will no longer silently submit (which is more than I can say for TSA apologists).
If you want to go by facts — a very unpopular position post-9/11, I know — we in this country have enjoyed safe aviation for over 50 years, with, in all that time, only 2 — count ‘em — 2 bombs that have been detonated on planes. And both of those occurred in the 1960s. One plane landed safely, no fatalities, no injuries. The other didn’t.
The hysteria and paranoia in this country are off the charts. You’re more in danger driving to the airport than getting on a plane. Keep giving up your rights, people, and then one day when you find they’re all gone, you’ll have only yourself to blame.
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