This is coolbert:
The jihadi from Nigeria attempting the suicide mission, bringing down the Detroit bound airliner was not armed with a brand-new and esoteric explosive!
Was armed with PETN sewn into his under ware? This seems to be the case.
PETN is a very powerful explosive primarily used in the U.S. as the main component in detonating cord.
"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"
"Pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) . . . is one of the most powerful high explosives known"
And not all that easy to detonate? Normally detonated by an explosive blasting cap, either an electrical or fused variety!
The PETN sewn into the under ware would be VERY HARD - - perhaps impossible - - to detect, only a sniffer dog could find?
Even the most intrusive and delicately done full-body pat down would not have found the PETN? And of course the Muslim objects even more strenuously than others to having certain parts of the body subject to search [the crotch/private parts area]!
And the Muslim abhorrence to having a dog sniff you is also an impediment to having this type of explosive device detected.
So much and so much problem! And keep in mind that about a quarter [1/4] of plastic explosive is need to bring down and airliner.
Always a new set of problems posed by these incidents. TSA and the airliners and the passengers got lucky again!!