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Forum topic by Pete Mohr posted 06-22-2010 07:42 PM 1600 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-22-2010 07:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humor

Here’s a solution to all the controversy over full-body scanners at the airports:
All we need to do is develop a booth that you can step into that will not X-ray you,
but will detonate any explosive device you may have hidden on or in your body.
The explosion will be contained within the sealed booth.
This would be a win-win for everyone.
There would be none of this crap about racial profiling and the device would eliminate long and expensive trials.
This is so simple that it’s brilliant. I can see it now: you’re in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion.
Shortly thereafter an announcement comes over the PA system, “Attention standby passengers, we now have a seat available on flight number…”


-- "Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another." -Anatole France

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#1 posted 06-22-2010 07:53 PM

lol i like it if i owned an airport you would be head of security lol

-- wood takes time and effort... just like women

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#2 posted 06-22-2010 07:58 PM

I like it!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 06-22-2010 08:08 PM

Hoooo Boy!
Great idea Pete.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 06-22-2010 08:10 PM

Sounds good to me, but it would get crowded with all of the people standing around waiting for the explosion. I agree with thefishingschool, Pete for head of airport security!!!!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#5 posted 06-22-2010 08:20 PM

Yeah, we could bet on whether the “Arab looking” guy blows up or not. And if you line the inside of the box with Tyvek, clean-up would be a snap!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#6 posted 06-23-2010 02:14 AM

But then all the TSA thugs will be back on unemployment and food stamps, oh crap, we’d still be paying… lol

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#7 posted 06-23-2010 02:42 AM

Who gets to clean up afterwards


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#8 posted 06-23-2010 03:26 AM

Why is it the government doesn’t accept ideas from the common citizen? This sounds foolproof to me.

-- Life is good.

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#9 posted 06-23-2010 03:35 AM

Jeez, A1Jim, that’s obvious! They just have a BIG drain hole in the floor to flush the bits down! Well, maybe a 6 HP garbage disposal with a good grinder for the bones…ew, I disgust myself sometimes.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#10 posted 06-23-2010 04:01 AM

just shape it like a giant toilet and flush when your done. :P

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#11 posted 06-23-2020 05:40 PM

Have you finally found out all the details? Who can help to get some information on the airport from Los Angeles zip code? Are there any flights between these two airports? Sorry, if I am asking the question in the wrong thread. Please help me and redirect me to the thread where I can learn more about it. Thank you very much in advance, your hints will be much appreciated.

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#12 posted 06-23-2020 05:47 PM

It needs to be a polycarbonate vessel so other’s thinking of a similar terrorist act would think again after seeing the splash. It would be fairly humane too, provided whomever constructed the explosive device made it powerful enough. It would also need to have an automated washdown system, think something like the inside of a garbage disposal, only clear. All the bigger remaining bits and pieces would be ground up like mcdonalds pink slime. Further automation could dehydrate the leftover goo for the next of kin to pick up at their convenience.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#13 posted 06-23-2020 06:16 PM

Sounds like a good plan to me. Mayb we can do this at schools and government buildings too?

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#14 posted 06-23-2020 07:42 PM

That almost sounds like a story line for a Wiley Coyote cartoon.

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#15 posted 06-24-2020 03:09 AM

While I love the goal and thought process:
as someone who has worked with explosives,
only have one question.

How are you going to detonate a plastic explosive like RDX and NOT kill the human inside who doesn’t have any?

It is insensitive to bullet strikes. Won’t explode with static electricity. Simply catches fire if heated too high with RF or IR energy. One of the safest explosives available, if there is such a thing?

It is really interesting stuff, usually looks like silly putty or rubbery clay mixture as used. Although getting the residue off your hands can be challenge, and special care is needed handling it couple of days before attempting to pass homeland explosives security screening in airport. You will miss your original flight, even with proper documentation. DAMHIK :-0)

And Yes, I still have all my fingers/toes and at least half of my hearing. :-)

The only way to initiate RDX explosion is with a shock wave faster than speed of sound. Any such shock wave applied to human body would turn flesh/bones into pudding. In lab we generate shock forces by dropping two steel balls onto each other from 3-6 feet to test of something might react and be considered an explosive. Human body won’t survive that either? LOL

There are several other super secret easily hidden explosives known mostly to those in military, aerospace, and demolition worlds; that are just as tough to initiate as an RDX. The energy required in all cases exceed anything the human body will tolerate, regardless if human is placed inside an easy clean container or not?

The challenge of energetic materials detection is so severe that chemist working in labs to create new high density materials for space exploration and military have a dearth of world wide regulations to follow. Since 9’11 the field is more tightly controlled than medical or nuclear research! All materials are now required to add chemical tracking additives to ensure that if stolen or found in wild they can be tracked back to source.

Sadly, the world of energetic materials used to be a lot more fun than it is today;
just like the well meaning OP idea for airport screening.

Sorry to throw cold water on this thread, but truth can not hide. It is scary world out there.

Be Safe, Not Sorry.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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