Six Hours to Call in Pipe Bomb threat

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by KrazyKat, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    From the UK press: LaGuardia's finest waiting 'til the shift change to let the Police know about the pipe bombs they confiscatedhad surrendered.
     
  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Morons.
     
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  3. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    All 60,000, from the top down!
     
  4. RB

    RB Founding Member

    You should be ashamed of yourself for insulting morons by comparing them to TSA workers.
     
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  5. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Okay, it finally went up at TSA News Blog.
     
  6. RB

    RB Founding Member

    The photo on TSA News site of the pipes, are those the actual items TSA confiscated or a stock photo?
     
  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Real pipe bombs tend to be highly unstable. If you think you see one, you need to remove yourself from the area ASAP. Do not pick it up or touch it.

    What did you expect a bunch of pizza-box IQ's to do?

    I would not suspect that either item in the Guardian photo is a pipe bomb but the one on the right is close. Generally they use galvanized pipe (fragments better) and threaded caps to facilitate pressure build up. The sweated copper fittings in the picture appear not to be soldered & would just blow off.
     
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  8. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I was trying to figure out what the homeopathic use for either of the items in the photo would be if they are the actual items confiscated by TSA.

    Can you imagine trying to solder brass fittings on a pipe stuffed with explosives? Think I would pass on the opportunity.

    The galvanized pipe doesn't appear to have any threads for a cap although the picture is small and at an odd viewing angle.
     
  9. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    They said one had springs in. One of those shaker-weights perhaps? Wouldn't necessarily qualify as "homeopathic" so much as "personal fitness implement" but then again, TSA doesn't exactly qualify as "possessed of a brain" either.
     
  10. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    KrazyKat! How long does it take you to learn? It's "voluntarily surrendered" - Nico just told us that on Sunday.
     
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  11. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    +1. The copper pipes typically have the caps blow off, albeit at a high velocity, while the pipe is left undamaged when used with black powder. The galvanized pipes are nearly the opposite, as the caps, if found, can be reused, but the pipe is gone. Neither of the items in this case have an explosive(which you could tell from a trace test), neither have a detonator or a power source. The "only" way those items could be considered dangerous would be as a blunt instrument or if they were filled with nitroglycerin, in which case carrying them is hazardous to your health.

    Would the TSA be able to find one of these if a terrorist wanted to sneak it on to a plane?

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  12. Sky Dancer

    Sky Dancer Original Member

    Six Hours to report a possible bomb, but they'll go after your crotch in a New York Minute.
     
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  13. Sky Dancer

    Sky Dancer Original Member

    Six Hours to report a possible bomb, but they'll go after your crotch in a New York Minute.
     
  14. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Those are the genuine articles, according to the original post.
    :rolleyes:Our heroes.
    Nice to see increasing coverage of the story, "Bomb Botch" in the NYPost, and near universal dissing in comments.
     
  15. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    And they'll dive on a cupcake even faster.
     
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  16. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    The TSA's idea of a Least Risk Bomb Location?

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    Because expressing how dumb that was in words just doesn't work.
     
  17. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    A toilet paper roller? Maybe they don't wipe themselves often enough to be familiar with that wonder of modern technology.
     
  18. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

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