Two weeks ago my good friends Tonya and Ian Fitzpatrick of Bronze World Travel invited me to appear as a guest on their weekly radio show; Traveln-on (Saturdays @ 1pm on 630 WMAL Radio). I was to be their resident security expert for the day and would be available to answer any of the listener’s questions concerning security both home and abroad.

When I arrived at the radio station last Saturday I was met by Ian who asked me if I had heard about the car bombing of Glasgow Airport in Scotland that was then filling the airways. I had to confess that I had not as I had been busy preparing for the radio show and tending to the needs of a new client. The producer then took me into his office where the story was unfolding on the news channels.

Although I did not want to voice my concern on air and perhaps scare travelers who were departing for trips to the British Isles, I did wonder if the pictures of the burning vehicle and burning airport represented a new strategy by the terrorists. I, like many other security professionals have quietly wondered if the day would ever come where we would see car bombers and individual suicide bombers operating closer to home – both here and in Europe. Having heard that one of the men in that vehicle in Scotland was pulled out of the burning car made me wonder if he had meant to ignite it while inside or was that an accident. Later in the day we heard reports that a gas cylinder was found hidden on the man who had been taken to the hospital.

Another apparently new twist seemed to be the fact that one of those suspected and arrested in connection with the car bombing was said to have been a medical doctor – possibly from Pakistan. This would suggest that the authorities can no longer concentrate on young unemployed males as possible terrorist suspects. It would seem that the authorities in Great Britain will have their hands full since as many as 50% of their country’s medical personnel are foreign born.

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