Two men boarded a plane in Chicago and in their luggage was found a mobile phone strapped to a bottle of Pepto-Bismol, several mobile phones strapped together and a number of watches taped together. They were identified as Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al-Soofi and Hezam al-Murisi, but it was unclear from whence they came, let alone where the heck they were going. Soofi said he had about $10,000 on him and was headed to fly from Chicago to Dulles to Amsterdam, but changed plans and headed for Amsterdam. One of the men checked his bags for Yemen, but headed on to Amsterdam. In the modern world in which we live, the worse crime one can commit on a plane is to have bottles or mobile phones or anything taped together because the assumption is one has concocted some new form of weapon.

Have authorities ever considered offering rewards to anyone who can conceive the “perfect plan” to blow up a plane? Perhaps, if we offer money, we can persuade the bomber rather than heading to Heaven, he can head to the racetrack or a casino loaded with money. Just a suggestion.