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Airport bomb "Jokes" may no longer mean prison in Canada

Airport bomb "Jokes" may no longer mean prison in Canada

Old Jul 11, 07, 8:19 am
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Airport bomb "Jokes" may no longer mean prison in Canada

From the Ottawa Sun today (taken from the CP newswire):

http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Nation...29759-sun.html

Fair use excerpt for our discussion is below. These jokes will not result in arrest, rather will result in "warnings only".

COMMENTS PROMPTING WARNINGS ONLY

- Do you think I have a bomb in my suitcase?
- There's no bomb in my shoe.
- What do you think I look like, a terrorist?
- Hi Jack!
- My gun misfired when I was hunting this weekend.
- This security does nothing to stop hijacking.
- Your hockey team is going to get bombed!
- You don't need to frisk me, I'm not carrying a weapon


I fail to see how the three bolded comments have anything to do with terrorism, or in fact, why they should even rate a warning.

Edit to add: Apologies to the mods of the forum, I didn't realize this was already being discussed in the Air Canada forum. If you feel it's appropriate, close this thread. Discussion can be followed at http://flyertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=712723

Last edited by billybob123; Jul 11, 07 at 8:29 am Reason: Didn't notice discussion in Air Canada forum
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Old Jul 11, 07, 9:19 am
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They shouldn't even result in a warning...has any terrorist ever made a comment or joke about the criminal act they were about to commit? No.
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Old Jul 11, 07, 12:01 pm
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Originally Posted by billybob123 View Post
- Hi Jack!
- My gun misfired when I was hunting this weekend.
- This security does nothing to stop hijacking.
- You don't need to frisk me, I'm not carrying a weapon
Why do these even deserve a warning? It seems like questioning the need/effectiveness of the screening is objectionable.
Okay, the first is all about context, as in the presence of a Jack. It seems that security wants to stop "Hi Jack"ing.
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Old Jul 12, 07, 11:49 am
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Originally Posted by billybob123 View Post
- Your hockey team is going to get bombed!
Comments about curling will still land you in the slammer, though.
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Old Jul 13, 07, 11:32 am
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I like some of the 'illegal' list, myself, including:

- The person over there is carrying a bomb.

- There's a bomb in the washroom.

- The man in seat 32F has a machine gun.
I really hope they have the wisdom to not press charges if the person saying those is right...
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Old Jul 13, 07, 11:43 am
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I personally know someone who was detained at CVG for making such a joke. He was trying to be "cute" with the semi-attractive gate agent by making a gun joke. The conversation went something like:

GA: Hello sir.
Larry: Hi there! Is this where I check my gun?
GA: You are saying you have a gun???
Larry: Lemme check....Nope just happy to see you!!

In the meantime he boards and the agent talks to her supervisor. LEO is called and Larry (not his real name) is escorted from the plane and taken into an interrogation, errr....i mean "interview" room. He is kept there for almost 6 hours before being cut loose and forced to catch a flight the next day.

While this behavior is stupid and annoying I don't think it should be grounds for FBI intervention. The words "gun" and "bomb" and countless others are part of our language. How many times have you ever heard a young hipster say something is the "bomb"? Should this be grounds for detainment? I'd say no. TSA and airport personnel should be trained to spot credible threats. The real focus should be on repairing all the holes in our "Homeland Security." Then again, harassing harmless passengers and instilling fear might just be part of our re-education as a society.

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