I just flew home after the Christmas Day failed bomb plot. The airline did their best to have us all feel like nothing new was going to intrude on us, but one woman got up late in our flight and the stewardess instructed her to sit down. New regulation because we were so close to landing. You also can't have blanket on your lap.
I'm all for security measures, better safe than sorry. I'm just a bit mystified that the Brits rejected him for a visa, but then we gave him a visa. I'm not surprised that he got onboard with lax security in Europe. I remember boarding an overnight train with no security to check me getting onto the train. I could have boarded with a backpack of C4.