Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A Question

If someone attempts to board a plane with "carryon baggage [which] contained wire coil wrapped around a possible initiator, an electrical switch, batteries, three tubes and two blocks of cheese" or "a plastic bag with a block of processed cheese taped to another plastic bag holding a cellular phone charger," does anything happen to said person besides being "investigated"?

Block cheese, incidentally, is said to have "a consistency similar to some explosives." Based on recent seizures, a bulletin went out to airports to be watching for "ordinary items that look like improvised explosive device components."

It seems as though people who are clearly testing airline security should be charged with something. That's a point of interest which the reporter on this story didn't cover.


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