More on carrying on explosives

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I wanted to elaborate on a point I made in the previous post:
Of course, all this assumes that ... (2) stop people from bringing them on their person through the magnetometer

Although carry-on luggage is x-rayed, in most cases the only screening that your body is subject to is the magnetometer--which only detects modest amounts of metal--and a visual screen for bulky items. Remember that 500 cubic centimeters of C-4 (less than a kilogram) is plenty to blow up a plane. An amount like this is easily hidden on your person (strapped to your inner thigh, in a wonderbra, etc.) Even larger amounts can be concealed with prosthetic bellies, fat suits, etc. So, it's not clear that as a practical matter you can stop people from bringing this kind of material onto a plane on their person without substantially better detection technology (e.g., millimeter wave radar) or much more aggressive personal searches.


My favorite "unstoppable" probably really is unstoppable. Have a kilo of high explosives implanted into your abdomen by a surgeon, along with a detonator that looks like a pacemaker. Various methods can be used to trigger the explosion, including (I'm dead serious) singing a particular sequence of tones.

A somewhat simpler method would just involve storing explosives in, er, "a body cavity". This is an old standby in prisons and among smugglers, and is very likely to work. I'd like to see how they could sell airline passengers on body cavity searches....

I hate getting up at 3am to get to a 6am flight. Why can't I just come to the airport the night before, and stay there? I came up what I call "coffin airlines"

You show up. After appropriate preperations, you get into a bed in a box. A la so-called coffin hotels that I've heard about in Japan. (also called Capsule Hotels, according to google search). You are then, when the time arrives, loaded via fork-lift into an airplane.

Coffin of course, comes with various amenities,
including most importantly the parachute and personal floatation device in the event of mis-hap. Also, it is designed to resist some level of explosion on the inside.

Some of us may want to just take a seditative. It would be annoying while it wore off at the destination, but it couldn't be much worse than how I feel after a trans-pacific flight, could it?

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