They all attempted murder?
No, now I recognize one of the women in the first photo. They are all Muslims.
Forgive my ignorance, but what exactly is the procedure for getting through security in a US airport these days?
In Canada it's still mostly the metal detector, with a few random searches. I always think that taking a non-metallic weapon- for example, a knife made of hard plastic or ceramic- on board would be pretty easy.
I flew to Florida last year and was esposed to US style security, and it seemed pretty rediculous. I don't remember a full body scan, but there was a whole bunch of metal detectors and some pat downs and in between them, people inspecting my hand luggage with some kind of wand I assume detects explosive. It seems pretty random and haphazard, to be honest, with a lot of redundancies.
Final question: why is it that the US won't allow you to forward baggage? We always have pick up our baggage from one carousel and put it on another about 5 feet away when we transfer through the US. How is this more safe than the baggage handlers just doing it (as happens in non-US airports?)
arm-spin brings up a good point. Since not every country has the same security systems in place, what is stopping a terrorist from boarding a plane, bound for America, in a foreign country? If they hop on a plane in Heathrow that is headed for NY and they didn't have to go through the scanner, would you all still feel safe?