US: Terrorists look to implant bombs in humans

Old Jul 6, 11, 9:34 am
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US: Terrorists look to implant bombs in humans

Here we go--cavity searches may be in our future:

The U.S. government has warned domestic and international airlines that some terrorists are considering surgically implanting explosives into humans to carry out attacks, The Associated Press has learned.

There is no intelligence pointing to a specific plot, but the U.S. shared its concerns last week with executives at domestic and international carriers.

People traveling to the U.S. from overseas may experience additional screening at airports because of the threat, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

"These measures are designed to be unpredictable, so passengers should not expect to see the same activity at every international airport," TSA spokesman Nick Kimball said. "Measures may include interaction with passengers, in addition to the use of other screening methods such as pat-downs and the use of enhanced tools and technologies."
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Old Jul 6, 11, 9:39 am
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They'll just turn up the power on the X-Ray machines to Instant Cancer Level.
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Old Jul 6, 11, 9:58 am
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Yawn.

This 'threat' has been bounced around for several years ever since an episode of the BBC series "Spooks" (that's fiction for those of you in DC who don't know).

Still, got to keep the public scared ____less.
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Old Jul 6, 11, 10:02 am
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They don't need to implant anything-just have them eat a ton of Brussels sprouts <ducking>
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Old Jul 6, 11, 10:14 am
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Appearance-wise, the terrorists will look like 75 year old ladies in diapers. Which will make it "even more dangerous".
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Old Jul 6, 11, 10:14 am
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Yes, yes. And MANPADS around the airport perimeter. And anthrax in the artificial sweetener packets. And poison chicken from the catering kitchen. And snakes in the ventilation ducts.

All threats that would not cause any reasonable person to lose sleep.

But which keep excessively-paranoid DHS staffers up all night figuring ways to spend billions of dollars to protect the populace against hundreds of tiny risks.
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Old Jul 6, 11, 10:16 am
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Originally Posted by Always Flyin View Post
They'll just turn up the power on the X-Ray machines to Instant Cancer Level.
Yup. You got it. It's already been revealed that those machines have that capacity. Furthermore, no one will know this is being done to them, or that the x-ray power has been boosted. So much for informed consent.
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Old Jul 6, 11, 10:18 am
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Originally Posted by NWstu View Post
Here we go--cavity searches may be in our future:
TSA has shot its wad on a stupid application of invasive searches. Already the media has turned on them. If they escalate in any way, in frequency of gropes or invasiveness, it will be fun to watch the reaction.
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Old Jul 6, 11, 10:20 am
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TSA is saying they are stepping up searches to meet this 'threat'.
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Old Jul 6, 11, 10:38 am
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Someone needs to start a rumor that terrorists disguised as TSA agents are attempting to smuggle bombs into airports by hiding them in their body cavities.
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Old Jul 6, 11, 10:45 am
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Old Jul 6, 11, 10:55 am
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Like terrorists already in the US couldn't do that. And why in these scenarios are the lunatics always headed for the airport? Never a mall or a sporting event or a monster truck ralley....just someplace where fear is a money-maker....like the airport.
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Originally Posted by redreeper View Post
...And why in these scenarios are the lunatics always headed for the airport? ...
Because the bad guys know where they're more likely to penetrate?

Perhaps the stereotypical demographic audience at monster truck shows is more likely to profile their fellow attendees and be more suspicious of the stereotypical demographic terrorist? They certainly wouldn't look twice at 95 YO grandmas in wheelchairs.
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Old Jul 6, 11, 11:24 am
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A surgically implanted device would not show up with a cavity search. If metallic, it would alarm the WTMD with no way to resolve the anomaly short of a medical x-ray. If non-metallic, it would be invisible to any of the current technologies including the not yet done cavity search. A surgical scar may be evident, but what is under the scar would remain unknowable.

This leads me to try to think of ways to handle this threat. In my limited knowledge this is what I have:
  1. Anyone with a surgical scar does not get to fly.
  2. Since it would be unlikely for someone to carry an implanted device for a long time, anyone with a recent surgical scar does not get to fly.
  3. CAT scans for everyone with a recent surgical scar.
  4. Laparoscopic insertion or insertion through a body cavity would not leave a visible scar. So, back to CAT scans for everyone scar or not.
  5. Trust the SPOT teams to spot.
  6. Would ETD detect implanted device? Probably not. Forget ETD.
  7. How about and ETD blood test? Yeah, this might work.
  8. Do nothing new. Wait until the threat becomes real. Then just shut down aviation.
  9. Do nothing new. Manage the risk. Accept that things might happen. Accept that they will be very rare. Try to not scream and run around in circles. If it ever happens, find those responsible and bring them to justice.

I'll take #9.
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Old Jul 6, 11, 11:35 am
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Originally Posted by InkUnderNails View Post
A surgically implanted device would not show up with a cavity search. If metallic, it would alarm the WTMD with no way to resolve the anomaly short of a medical x-ray. If non-metallic, it would be invisible to any of the current technologies including the not yet done cavity search. A surgical scar may be evident, but what is under the scar would remain unknowable.

This leads me to try to think of ways to handle this threat. In my limited knowledge this is what I have:
  1. Anyone with a surgical scar does not get to fly.
  2. Since it would be unlikely for someone to carry an implanted device for a long time, anyone with a recent surgical scar does not get to fly.
  3. CAT scans for everyone with a recent surgical scar.
  4. Laparoscopic insertion or insertion through a body cavity would not leave a visible scar. So, back to CAT scans for everyone scar or not.
  5. Trust the SPOT teams to spot.
  6. Would ETD detect implanted device? Probably not. Forget ETD.
  7. How about and ETD blood test? Yeah, this might work.
  8. Do nothing new. Wait until the threat becomes real. Then just shut down aviation.
  9. Do nothing new. Manage the risk. Accept that things might happen. Accept that they will be very rare. Try to not scream and run around in circles. If it ever happens, find those responsible and bring them to justice.

I'll take #9.
Sorry, there's no money to be made on #9.
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