A House of Commons Report that was finished before the attack on Glasgow Airport has spelled out the real terrorism risk, a threat that Australian authorities seem frightened to discuss: security screening lines.

The liquids, aerosols and gels circus has turned massive queues of passengers in crammed spaces into a new target for suicide bombers, says the Commons Transport Select Committee.

No sooner had this report gone to the printers than persons not using the SIM card of Dr Haneef attempted to drive a vehicle laden with explosive ingredients into the main passenger terminal at Glasgow.

The security experts who testified warned that, with bags and persons not being searched as they came into a terminal, they were being confined into slow moving congregations of people that were the natural targets for suicide bombers.

Among other things, the committee recommended measures to space out and speed up the potentially risky transition from the insecure landside of a terminal to the highly secure airside where flights are boarded.

These measures include having passengers arrive with boarding passes that they have already printed out using web check-in procedures before setting out to the airport.

There has been no response to the UK report from the Australian government, the airports or security authorities.

The fiction that the current procedures will thwart the assembly of a few hundred grams of chapati flour, acetone and assorted shampoos and soft drinks into a mid-air explosion after being assembled in small portions by dozens of wicked terrorists congregating in the toilets continues to prevail.

Apparently the last thing our own authorities want to do is frighten travellers by drawing attention to the absurdity and inadequacy of the current measures.

The full committee report can be found here.