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(Telegraph)   Man tries to board plane with batteries and electrical circuit. Hilarity in shoes   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 53
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2010-05-09 08:33:17 PM
+1
 
2010-05-09 08:42:03 PM
An electrical circuit? Ooh, scary.
 
2010-05-09 08:48:25 PM
skinnycatullus: An electrical circuit? Ooh, scary.

Could be nothing. Sounds like, though, possibly an attempt to learn the capabilities of airport security and how to successfully smuggle a device onto a plane.

/That, or the guy was on his way to Vegas with a shoe computer to try his luck counting cards at the black jack table.
 
2010-05-09 08:51:56 PM
Pakistani officers arrested a man at Karachi airport after batteries and an electrical circuit were found in his shoes

Meanwhile, the guy with the C4 explosives molded to look like a dildo made the trip with no interruptions.
 
2010-05-09 08:53:01 PM
You've won a Great Headline Award from me, submitter.

/It's nice. I promise.
 
2010-05-09 08:56:35 PM
horse-pheathers: skinnycatullus: An electrical circuit? Ooh, scary.

Could be nothing. Sounds like, though, possibly an attempt to learn the capabilities of airport security and how to successfully smuggle a device onto a plane.

/That, or the guy was on his way to Vegas with a shoe computer to try his luck counting cards at the black jack table.


Oh, Maxwell smart. How far he's fallen. At least he upgraded from that phone, though.
 
2010-05-09 08:58:07 PM
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2010-05-09 10:19:06 PM
yep, looks like a penetration test. or some other guy has the explosives part of the device.
 
paj
2010-05-09 10:19:28 PM
He's currently in detention.
 
2010-05-09 10:21:08 PM
SlothB77: yep, looks like a penetration test. or some other guy has the explosives part of the device.

It was no penetration test. I'm sure when they "manually" searched him there was actual penetration.
 
2010-05-09 10:24:01 PM
So they caught him, but what about his companion with the other half of the bomb strapped to his legs?
 
2010-05-09 10:26:55 PM
img.diytrade.com
 
2010-05-09 10:28:35 PM
In his shoes?

What a shame.

Could have been called "The Karachi Crotch Bomber".
 
2010-05-09 10:30:01 PM
 
2010-05-09 10:32:32 PM
Earguy: Pakistani officers arrested a man at Karachi airport after batteries and an electrical circuit were found in his shoes

Meanwhile, the guy with the C4 explosives molded to look like a dildo made the trip with no interruptions.


A GUY carrying a DILDO in PAKISTAN?

I doubt that would fly.
 
2010-05-09 10:36:20 PM
Was this it?

i.imgur.com
 
2010-05-09 10:36:46 PM
FTA
We know that they probably helped finance it

Nice police work.
 
2010-05-09 10:37:47 PM
Those aren't illegal. I can't believe what a bunch of pussies we've collectively become.
 
2010-05-09 10:38:08 PM
+1 subby
 
2010-05-09 10:44:18 PM
Round up the usual suspects.
 
2010-05-09 10:47:45 PM
Earguy: Pakistani officers arrested a man at Karachi airport after batteries and an electrical circuit were found in his shoes

Meanwhile, the guy with the C4 explosives molded to look like a dildo made the trip with no interruptions.


Someone else was to have the explosives.
This was the trigger man.
 
2010-05-09 10:52:12 PM
Karachi? Sounds like the TSA interrupted his kill streak.
 
2010-05-09 10:54:57 PM
There is no TSA in Karachi, Pakistan.
There was no TSA where the crotchbomber departed from.

The TSA would have been utterly useless in preventing those threats, and the knee-jerk reaction is just a flimsy excuse for ushering in a new era of privacy invasion.

That's pretty much all.
 
2010-05-09 11:01:14 PM
Earguy: Pakistani officers arrested a man at Karachi airport after batteries and an electrical circuit were found in his shoes

Meanwhile, the guy with the C4 explosives molded to look like a dildo made the trip with no interruptions.


It wasn't HIS dildo. It was A dildo.
 
2010-05-09 11:01:50 PM
Earguy: Meanwhile, the guy with the C4 explosives molded to look like a dildo made the trip with no interruptions.


Airport Security Officer: Nine times out of ten it's an electric razor, but every once in a while...
[whispering]
it's a dildo. Of course it's company policy never to, imply ownership in the event of a dildo... always use the indefinite article a dildo, never your dildo.
Narrator: I don't own...
[Officer waves Narrator off]
 
2010-05-09 11:02:42 PM
goddammit so much Feldspar!
 
2010-05-09 11:03:13 PM
BadAnalogyGuy: Those aren't illegal. I can't believe what a bunch of pussies we've collectively become.

Did you even bother to RTFA? It was in Pakistan.

Somaticasual: There is no TSA in Karachi, Pakistan.
There was no TSA where the crotchbomber departed from.

The TSA would have been utterly useless in preventing those threats, and the knee-jerk reaction is just a flimsy excuse for ushering in a new era of privacy invasion.

That's pretty much all.


Right, because all threats to national security come from abroad.
 
2010-05-09 11:08:28 PM
Surely some security expert could have examined the 'circuit' to determine if it was part of a complex detonator (energy-storage, time-delay, proximity, etc.) Since it wasn't stated that the circuit was a detonator is it safe to assume that it is not?

Or is the whole point not to identify circuits so that all circuits are terrifying?
 
2010-05-09 11:11:39 PM
Earguy: Pakistani officers arrested a man at Karachi airport after batteries and an electrical circuit were found in his shoes

Meanwhile, the guy with the C4 explosives molded to look like a dildo made the trip with no interruptions.

jayessell:Someone else was to have the explosives.
This was the trigger man.


Well, more likely the "dry run". It's an experiment to see if you CAN pass through security with the electronics without setting off an alarm. The idea being that if you get caught with a battery and circuit board alone, it wouldn't have serious consequences and you could move on. If you got past, preferably several times, you could make a bigger plan to bring the actual bomb. This may not even be his first attempt.
 
2010-05-09 11:12:48 PM
horse-pheathers: skinnycatullus: An electrical circuit? Ooh, scary.

Could be nothing. Sounds like, though, possibly an attempt to learn the capabilities of airport security and how to successfully smuggle a device onto a plane.

/That, or the guy was on his way to Vegas with a shoe computer to try his luck counting cards at the black jack table.


We always hear about this 'dry runs' but when they actually do the real thing 99% it's amaturish and half-assed.
 
2010-05-09 11:16:10 PM
Watch out, he's using Thévenin's theorem!
 
2010-05-09 11:19:30 PM
www.lib.uchicago.edu

Came for this. Left disappointed.

Hot. Like your grandma.
 
2010-05-09 11:20:06 PM
Looks like his other pair on the plane was the one laced with explosives.
 
2010-05-09 11:20:38 PM
Subby deserves a medal of honor for headline heroism. Or at least a HOY of the year nomination

/would +1 if I could
 
2010-05-09 11:23:15 PM
Raptor Jesus: BadAnalogyGuy: Those aren't illegal. I can't believe what a bunch of pussies we've collectively become.

Did you even bother to RTFA? It was in Pakistan.


I could be from Pakistan, you insensitive clod.
 
2010-05-09 11:27:35 PM
Raptor Jesus: BadAnalogyGuy: Those aren't illegal. I can't believe what a bunch of pussies we've collectively become.

Did you even bother to RTFA? It was in Pakistan.

Somaticasual: There is no TSA in Karachi, Pakistan.
There was no TSA where the crotchbomber departed from.

The TSA would have been utterly useless in preventing those threats, and the knee-jerk reaction is just a flimsy excuse for ushering in a new era of privacy invasion.

That's pretty much all.

Right, because all threats to national security come from abroad.


That whooshing sound is the point of my post flying low overhead..

Obviously, not all threats to national security come from abroad. Most don't even involve airliners, amazingly enough.

The article in question is about security measures in foreign airports. Several people on this thread started talking about the TSA. I was pointing out that the TSA, and their actions in response to the crotchbomber, are irrelevant because these particular threats came from airports where the TSA has no authority or presence. Really, there wasn't any subtext there.

You pointed out the same basic thing in the Weeners sentence in your post, I believe.
 
2010-05-09 11:56:36 PM
Somaticasual: same basic thing in the Weeners sentence in your post, I believe.

and, filtered. after only a few thousand posts. wow.
That insanity quote comes to mind..
 
2010-05-09 11:57:49 PM
Battery+Wire=An electrical circuit.

Ten 9 volt batteries+Wire=A (potential)SMALL BOMB!
 
2010-05-10 12:14:32 AM
www.geekologie.com

Someone got a lot of sh*t from the TSA over this homemade D cell based USB power source they had made. Since then there have been a lot of issues for the DIY electronics hobby, seems it is a new directive to go after any electronics that look homemade.


All they say they got were some batteries with a switch in a circuit, could have been anything. I hope that if this guy is innocent they find out fast, cause I'd hate to be him right now. If someone that knows their electronics looks at maybe he will be ok. If you want to set off a bomb in a plane all you need to ignite it is a match. If that won't set it off then use a primary explosive lit with a match to set off the main charge. If it needs to be electrical then you can use a very thin wire as an igniter with a laptop battery as a power source. Want remote control? You can hook it up to a cell phone or remote control toy easily after your past security. A pressure/altitude switch is more easily done electro-mechanically.


http://www.geekologie.com/2007/07/diy_ipod_charger_mistaken_for.php
 
2010-05-10 12:21:53 AM
BadAnalogyGuy:

Those aren't illegal. I can't believe what a bunch of pussies we've collectively become.

Keep on voting Republican or Democrat or any big government thing, and you WILL get more of it.
 
2010-05-10 01:03:51 AM
If it was some DIY gizmo that was totally innocent, he'd have had it in his luggage or carry-on; not trying to hide it in his shoes.
 
2010-05-10 01:19:10 AM
WTF is an "electrical circuit"? I assume they meant the batteries were wired to form a power source, or else the batteries were wired to a circuit board; but an electrical circuit only exists when a switch is closed so that electricity flows through a positive and negative source.

Or something like that; I'm not an engineer, but you know what I mean.
 
2010-05-10 01:38:20 AM
he came from Pakistan's northwestern province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where Taliban and Islamist militants have a presence

is there a province in that part of the world that doesn't have a Taliban or Islamist militant presence?
 
2010-05-10 01:52:57 AM
what a shady looking man holding a circuit board and batteries might look like...


assets.nydailynews.com

/hot like iRage
 
2010-05-10 06:46:01 AM
Made in China, no extra charge for lead:

Link (new window)
 
2010-05-10 07:10:39 AM
I usually have one of these in my shoes. Better stay away from the airport then.

runningdatcom.files.wordpress.com

/hot as a summer workout
 
2010-05-10 11:29:11 AM
Religion of peace!
 
2010-05-10 11:29:35 AM
fillahbuster: horse-pheathers: skinnycatullus: An electrical circuit? Ooh, scary.

Could be nothing. Sounds like, though, possibly an attempt to learn the capabilities of airport security and how to successfully smuggle a device onto a plane.

/That, or the guy was on his way to Vegas with a shoe computer to try his luck counting cards at the black jack table.

We always hear about this 'dry runs' but when they actually do the real thing 99% it's amaturish and half-assed.


I see your point....still, it's a bit hard to imagine too many legitimate reasons for someone to try to board a plane with batteries hidden in their shoe. As someone posted, though, maybe it was a foot-warmer because his toes were cold. ;)

And to the poster who mentioned all the lovely ways one could detonate a bomb on a plane -- not many of those you mention are good methods for the non-suicidal. The altitude sensor might work as part of a device you plant before getting off at the next stop, but I'm not entirely sure how the bomber would be able to get away with setting it up someplace it wouldn't be noticed without running significant risk of a premature explosion....unless they build in some reliable delay before the altitude sensor goes "live", which brings us back to, likely, timing circuits and such.

Figure if every airport sweeps each plane cabin during its layover with a bomb-sniffing dog you pretty much minimize the risk of a non-suicide-bomber anyway, so it's the suicidal bastards we need to really think about. I wonder how hard it would be to get a few Imams to start really hammering on the "thou shalt not kill" bits of the Quran....you know, kick the Wahhabist idea of jihad in the nuts by preaching "you kill innocents, Hell for you!" Might not do much good -- there're always going to be people at the extremes -- but it might at least make it a little harder (in time) to find people willing to strap a bomb on....

Of course, raising the economic status of the average schmuck in the Middle East would likely be more effective in the long run. Hmm.....tough problem to solve, innit?
 
2010-05-10 01:20:58 PM
Okay....report is going around that the devices found in this guy's shoes were some sort of foot massagers built into the soles, powered by two AA batteries per shoe.
 
2010-05-10 01:40:31 PM
horse-pheathers: Okay....report is going around that the devices found in this guy's shoes were some sort of foot massagers built into the soles, powered by two AA batteries per shoe.

I guess it's like they always say - comfort comes at a cost.
 
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