Bayou Buzz: TSA sexual gropes of Kissinger, Geraldo, others getting out of hand

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, May 17, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Bayou Buzz: TSA sexual gropes of Kissinger, Geraldo, others getting out of hand

    Pretty much on the mark except for that sentence. Underwear bombs might turn out to be just a major nuisance. It has yet to be shown that any significant damage (other than to the wearer) can be done with them.
     
  2. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    That's why I call them not-so-smart bombs...
     
  3. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    As those of us who are familiar with firearms know, a bullet is little more than a firecracker unless the explosive force is directed by the chamber and barrel. Newton's 3rd law of motion; equal and opposite reaction and all that. That is why a gun "kicks".

    The problem with a body borne explosive is that bodies are squishy and don't act as a good chamber. The wearer needs to be braced against a wall or other stationary device or the explosive forces will tend to distribute spherically, reducing the effect in any one direction and thus requiring a greater amount of explosive to damage the intended target.

    In the absence of a chamber of sorts, the volume or relative force of the explosive would have to be substantial to disable an airliner, making it unlikely that the necessary volume could be concealed in someones underwear.
     
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  4. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    But it's soooo handy for fearmongers!
     
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  5. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    It's the same group of maroons who get their "guns cause explosive decompression" meme from 007 movies.

    And the fact that it was Myth Busted does not register with them.
     
  6. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    ...as anyone who's ever tried detonating a firecracker inside a water balloon can attest.
     
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    Frank Original Member

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