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(Wired)   From the "you're not helping" department, Wired offers handy primer on how to craft 10 lethal weapons from items available in airport gift shops   (wired.com) divider line 28
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2013-12-02 01:17:19 PM
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2013-12-02 01:51:46 PM
I honestly don't remember which airport it was (I want to say Philly) but there was a steakhouse near the gate that had steak knives.  Friggin' TSA security theater--anyone wanting to cause trouble can just wait until they get to the gate and order lunch.

/I also doubt this is the only restaurant that has steak knives at the gate.
 
2013-12-02 02:07:39 PM
I always knew that Axe shiat was lethal.
 
2013-12-02 02:22:51 PM
Farking Axe should be illegal for anyone getting on a plane.
 
2013-12-02 02:29:07 PM
FTA: Critics often accuse Booth of arming terrorists with the means to hijack flights, but his response is more disquieting: "What if they already know all this?"

I would expect any organized terrorist group to know most of this already.

As has been proven again and again (not just in the US), lone psychos don't have to take the chance of being caught at a security checkpoint. They can do a considerable amount of damage, targeting the specific people/group that their diseased mind decides is to blame, using far more deadly weapons.
 
2013-12-02 02:36:37 PM
I would say that this is helping.  Helping the average person to see the pointlessness of all the security theater.
 
2013-12-02 02:42:03 PM

brigid_fitch: I honestly don't remember which airport it was (I want to say Philly) but there was a steakhouse near the gate that had steak knives.  Friggin' TSA security theater--anyone wanting to cause trouble can just wait until they get to the gate and order lunch.

/I also doubt this is the only restaurant that has steak knives at the gate.


I can't say that it's ONLY at Philly, but yes indeed you can find them in Terminal C (Philly Steak and Gyro).
 
2013-12-02 02:47:31 PM
I was terribly impressed by the demonstration of the paper mache shotgun that blows up in your face if you try to fire it.

These were all prison-style one shot weapons. Useful if you're locked up and need to murder your cellmate, otherwise worthless.
 
2013-12-02 02:52:45 PM
 
2013-12-02 02:56:28 PM

HotWingAgenda: I was terribly impressed by the demonstration of the paper mache shotgun that blows up in your face if you try to fire it.

These were all prison-style one shot weapons. Useful if you're locked up and need to murder your cellmate, otherwise worthless.


You're assuming, of course, that the person wielding such a weapon expects to survive.  That's almost certainly not the case, and in any event, I saw that particular device not so much as an anti-personnel weapon but more along the lines of a potential "door buster" to get into the cockpit.  Poke a fist-sized hole in the door, and even if Achmed looses his arm, those following him can open it up.

Not that any terrorist is going to use airliners anymore, though.  That one was played out even on 9/11 itself:  Once the people on the fourth plane figured out the score, they took matters into their own hands, and all subsequent attempts resulted in beat-downs by passengers.
 
2013-12-02 03:02:31 PM

HotWingAgenda: These were all prison-style one shot weapons


You should check out the full site. Many of them are kinetic multi-use weapons - blowguns, crossbows, slingshots, etc.
 
2013-12-02 03:03:53 PM

dittybopper: HotWingAgenda: I was terribly impressed by the demonstration of the paper mache shotgun that blows up in your face if you try to fire it.

These were all prison-style one shot weapons. Useful if you're locked up and need to murder your cellmate, otherwise worthless.

You're assuming, of course, that the person wielding such a weapon expects to survive.  That's almost certainly not the case, and in any event, I saw that particular device not so much as an anti-personnel weapon but more along the lines of a potential "door buster" to get into the cockpit.  Poke a fist-sized hole in the door, and even if Achmed looses his arm, those following him can open it up.

Not that any terrorist is going to use airliners anymore, though.  That one was played out even on 9/11 itself:  Once the people on the fourth plane figured out the score, they took matters into their own hands, and all subsequent attempts resulted in beat-downs by passengers.


The terrorists don't use planes anymore but it's not because the other passengers would attack anyone trying to take over a plane.  The reasons they won't use airplanes again are A) the TSA makes us put our shampoo into little bottles then into a ziplock bag and B) we're required to take our shoes off before going through security.  These two precautions have singlehandedly stopped the terrorists from doing mean things to us via airplane ever again.
 
2013-12-02 03:10:51 PM
Pete
 
2013-12-02 03:10:55 PM
Clearly we need to institute a full-monty naked rule for air travelers.  It's the only way to be sure.

I'll take a seat in the sorority section.
 
2013-12-02 03:11:01 PM

GanjSmokr: The terrorists don't use planes anymore but it's not because the other passengers would attack anyone trying to take over a plane.  The reasons they won't use airplanes again are A) the TSA makes us put our shampoo into little bottles then into a ziplock bag and B) we're required to take our shoes off before going through security.  These two precautions have singlehandedly stopped the terrorists from doing mean things to us via airplane ever again.


Heh.  You are appropriately named.
 
2013-12-02 03:12:27 PM

bagumpity: Clearly we need to institute a full-monty naked rule for air travelers.  It's the only way to be sure.

I'll take a seat in the sorority section.


Right, like a terrorist won't be able to keister a non-metallic shank, waltz nekkid through security, and subsequently pull it out in the toilet on the plane.
 
2013-12-02 03:24:02 PM
9/11 happened because of box cutters.  Tear a soda can in half and you have something sharper than box cutters.
 
2013-12-02 03:26:17 PM
Best of all, a consecutive repeat double-greenlight for a story that broke last month, with a thread that went green Nov. 15.

Old, old news is so, so exciting! Exciting.
 
2013-12-02 03:30:49 PM
From the "you're not helping" department

This is a dupe.
 
2013-12-02 03:33:25 PM

brigid_fitch: I honestly don't remember which airport it was (I want to say Philly) but there was a steakhouse near the gate that had steak knives.  Friggin' TSA security theater--anyone wanting to cause trouble can just wait until they get to the gate and order lunch.

/I also doubt this is the only restaurant that has steak knives at the gate.



I like flying overseas. Not only is the food actually good, but they give you real silverware! That's right, if they give you a piece of meat you get a real honest to knife to cut it with.
 
2013-12-02 03:36:42 PM

GanjSmokr: dittybopper: HotWingAgenda: I was terribly impressed by the demonstration of the paper mache shotgun that blows up in your face if you try to fire it.

These were all prison-style one shot weapons. Useful if you're locked up and need to murder your cellmate, otherwise worthless.

You're assuming, of course, that the person wielding such a weapon expects to survive.  That's almost certainly not the case, and in any event, I saw that particular device not so much as an anti-personnel weapon but more along the lines of a potential "door buster" to get into the cockpit.  Poke a fist-sized hole in the door, and even if Achmed looses his arm, those following him can open it up.

Not that any terrorist is going to use airliners anymore, though.  That one was played out even on 9/11 itself:  Once the people on the fourth plane figured out the score, they took matters into their own hands, and all subsequent attempts resulted in beat-downs by passengers.

The terrorists don't use planes anymore but it's not because the other passengers would attack anyone trying to take over a plane.  The reasons they won't use airplanes again are A) the TSA makes us put our shampoo into little bottles then into a ziplock bag and B) we're required to take our shoes off before going through security.  These two precautions have singlehandedly stopped the terrorists from doing mean things to us via airplane ever again.


And by 'terrorists', you're referencing foreign born people hoping to end America's influence and power throughout the world, rather than mad bureaucrats who seem to adopt the Joker's thought processes and implement them successfully.

/I know
//too easy
///tri slash for freedom
 
2013-12-02 03:46:21 PM

DanZero: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 480x360]


I think he is helping.  Anybody could figure this stuff out; not just anybody would inform the authorities.
 
2013-12-02 04:26:03 PM
It's almost as if the TSA is a colossal waste of time.
 
2013-12-02 04:26:49 PM

HeartBurnKid: DanZero: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 480x360]

I think he is helping.  Anybody could figure this stuff out; not just anybody would inform the authorities.


He's not helping.  Now the TSA is going to ban paper, tape, soda, and travel mugs.
 
2013-12-02 04:55:59 PM
Great. More things for paranoid idiots to give the thumbs down to, so that drooling minimum wage workers can take it away from me before sending me through a full body scanner because I might be a terrorist.
 
2013-12-02 05:16:08 PM
I'm sure this is all a huge shock to, say, someone who has never set foot in an airport.
 
2013-12-02 05:18:52 PM
'Sokay. TSA isn't helping either with their ham-handed, broad-stroked approach either. Great dog-and-pony show that uses inconvenience and discomfort as proof it's working.
 
2013-12-02 09:58:16 PM
Gotta say, the blunderbuss is pretty awesome.
 
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