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ATL airport worker's iPod goes up in flames -- worries about being shot

ATL airport worker's iPod goes up in flames -- worries about being shot

Old Oct 8, 07, 9:56 am
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Thumbs down ATL airport worker's iPod goes up in flames -- worries about being shot

http://www.theregister.com/2007/10/0..._blaze_horror/

Originally Posted by The Register
An Atlanta airport worker claims his iPod Nano burst into flames while stashed in his personal region. The trouser-based blaze was apparently so severe the hapless victim was immolated up to chest level, though reportedly he sustained only superficial injuries.

Danny Williams is quoted in local news reports as saying that glossy paper in his pockets may have saved him from eye-watering burns. He also appeared to suggest that the music-player pant conflagration had threatened his life indirectly. With smoke belching from his garments in an airport, Williams was clearly at risk of being shot repeatedly in the head as a suspected suicide bomber.

"If TSA had come by and seen me smoking, they could have honestly thought I was a terrorist," the luckless airport employee is quoted as saying.
Emphasis mine.

Sad that the guy was on fire and he had to worry about TSA and LEO's getting the wrong idea and shooting him. How low have we sunk?

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Old Oct 8, 07, 10:05 am
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Very low,
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Old Oct 8, 07, 10:27 am
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yes, it's sad that this is where our "security" is going, but what's with the "risk of being shot repeatedly in the head" commentary? that's a little outrageous.
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Old Oct 8, 07, 10:35 am
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People have been shot over less.
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Old Oct 8, 07, 10:38 am
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Originally Posted by gobluetwo View Post
yes, it's sad that this is where our "security" is going, but what's with the "risk of being shot repeatedly in the head" commentary? that's a little outrageous.
Shoot to kill, not shoot to maim.
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Old Oct 8, 07, 1:28 pm
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Sounds like he's got one hell of a civil lawsuit.
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Old Oct 8, 07, 1:45 pm
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Were his girlfriend around he could say "Hey baby. You set my pants on fire."
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Old Oct 8, 07, 4:14 pm
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Originally Posted by gobluetwo View Post
yes, it's sad that this is where our "security" is going, but what's with the "risk of being shot repeatedly in the head" commentary? that's a little outrageous.
So the airport LEO's are good enough to drop him with a solo?
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Old Oct 8, 07, 4:17 pm
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I was thinking in a different direction... how soon will airlines ban iPods over concerns of them causing inflight fire risk?
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Old Oct 8, 07, 4:26 pm
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Remember the college student who almost got shot for the blinkey "Star" name-tag. If it had happened at BOS he could have been dropped.
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Ah, yes. Fright....your tax dollars at work.
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Old Oct 10, 07, 2:38 am
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The guy's hamming it up in hopes of getting a larger check from Apple.
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Old Oct 10, 07, 2:53 am
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Originally Posted by n5667 View Post
The guy's hamming it up in hopes of getting a larger check from Apple.
Thats my thought too, if I was on fire, I probably wouldn't be worried about being shot. I would be worried about being on fire.
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Old Oct 10, 07, 9:15 am
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Originally Posted by alphaeagle View Post
Thats my thought too, if I was on fire, I probably wouldn't be worried about being shot. I would be worried about being on fire.
Under normal circumstances, that's probably true. In an airport, you'd probably be worried about that threat and another: an overreaction by an LEO. Both would be a threat to life and limb.
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Old Oct 10, 07, 10:39 am
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Thats my thought too, if I was on fire, I probably wouldn't be worried about being shot. I would be worried about being on fire.
As a FAM, if I saw a guy in the airport with his pants on fire, I don't think my first reaction would be to pull my gun and shoot him.
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