The arrest of over 20 in the U.K., whom Scotland Yard claims were seeking to destroy multiple airliners over the Atlantic with IED's smuggled on via hand luggage, is no surprise. Click to read more

Eleven years ago, Operation Bojinka was foiled by Philippine authorities. That plan, developed by Ramzi Yousef, the first World Trade Center bomber, was the same in nature: assemble IED's during flight and detonate them on 11 U.S. airliners over the Pacific.

Al-Qaeda still wants to blow up planes and sees such attacks as the best global statement it can make.