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Object Lessons: Evan Booth's Post-Checkpoint Airport Weapons 208

Posted by timothy
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Jah-Wren Ryel writes "In early-2013, independent security researcher, Evan 'treefort' Booth, began working to answer one simple question: Can common items sold in airports after the security screening be used to build lethal weapons? As it turns out, even a marginally 'MacGyver-esque' attacker can breeze through terminal gift shops, restaurants, magazine stands and duty-free shops to find everything needed to wage war on an airplane." We mentioned Evan's work several months back; now his not-just-a-thought-experiment exploration of improvised weapons has been cleaned up and organized, so you don't have to watch his (fascinating) talks to experience the wonders of the Chucks of Liberty (video) or the Fragguccino (video).
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Object Lessons: Evan Booth's Post-Checkpoint Airport Weapons

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  • Wondering (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 16, 2013 @04:44AM (#45441701)

    After watching the videos... did I just put myself on a list somewhere?

  • All the weapons would be notices and the shooter disarmed before they went off. Even if they could get one shot off reload time would allow other passengers to take the hijacker down before he re-loaded. After 911 passengers are more proactive in dealing with hijackers. These things are toys at best. Sure one may be able to start a fire in a luggage compartment but even they have fire suppression equipment. Even if the aerosol cans went off it would not bring down an aircraft. The ones that explode are a lo

    • by x0ra (1249540)
      You can easily imagine the feasibility of a remotely triggered IED. He did not go for concealability but for demonstration. You can easily think of a multiple attack vectors. During a night flight, people are more relaxed, you use the blow-gun to injure the pilot when he's going take a leak, then blow one or two grenade, while putting a luggage on fire and generate a few more small explosion. This is all about terror, you just need to frighten people, not kill them.
      • That's going to frighten the people on the plane for about 5 minutes. Everyone else will be amused by it, especially when they see what's left of the attacker's face on the news.

        Pretty poor terrorism, that.

      • by jklovanc (1603149)

        So some people on the aircraft are frightened and then beat the crap out of the terrorist. The aircraft does not go down. No one dies and everyone laughs at the stupid terrorist.

        This is all about terror, you just need to frighten people, not kill them.

        For terrorism to be effective one needs to make everyone who flies on aircraft afraid that they could die. Reports of a few people injured and the terrorist in jail just won't do that.

    • by symes (835608)

      I remember when the shoe bomber [wikipedia.org] got arrested - it was the other passengers that first apprehended him on the plan. By the looks of his face I don't think they were particularly pleased with his botched attempt.

      • Re:Crap (Score:4, Insightful)

        by myowntrueself (607117) on Saturday November 16, 2013 @08:14AM (#45442173)

        I remember when the shoe bomber [wikipedia.org] got arrested - it was the other passengers that first apprehended him on the plan. By the looks of his face I don't think they were particularly pleased with his botched attempt.

        That wasn't just a botched attempt; the guy was totally set up to fail from the very beginning and his 'bomb' was virtually fake. He was fucked by his muslim pals.

        • by Sara Chan (138144)

          the [shoe bomber] was totally set up to fail from the very beginning and his 'bomb' was virtually fake

          Do you have references for that?

          • the [shoe bomber] was totally set up to fail from the very beginning and his 'bomb' was virtually fake

            Do you have references for that?

            Do I look like Google? I remember reading that the 'bomb' was plastic explosive and he tried to detonate it by lighting a fuse with a match. So far as I'm aware thats not how plastic explosives work.

        • by mishehu (712452)
          And if I had a child that was born on that day, that child would be preparing for his Bar Mitsvah by now. That's how many years they've been making us take off our shoes to go through insecurity. How many more years will we be made to do this nonsensical action, let alone get groped and have hands stuck in our pants by strangers who are no more than the equivalent of mall security?
    • Sure, but isn't that true of damn near *any* weapon that could pass through a metal detector (i.e. the old security measures)? The question you should be asking is: what can bypass the old system that can't bypass the new system as well? Because no one is arguing against airport security in general, we're arguing against the more absurd rules the TSA has implemented.
      • by jklovanc (1603149)

        Ceramic gun. Liquid binary explosive, carbon fiber or reinforced plastic knife, explosives in general if the blasting cap is aluminum.

    • by drinkypoo (153816)

      All the weapons would be notices and the shooter disarmed before they went off.

      Bullshit. You take them to the bathroom with you. Tell anyone who asks about the bag that you shit yourself. You're about to exit polite society anyway.

      • by jklovanc (1603149)

        Discharging the weapons alone in the bathroom would just make some smoke/noise and injure the terrorist but would not bring the aircraft down. The worst that would happen would be the aircraft would make a quick landing but everyone would survive.

  • good news, bad news (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Gravis Zero (934156) on Saturday November 16, 2013 @05:47AM (#45441845)

    the good news is that he's made and excellent point. the bad news is that a shortsighted authority figure is going to loose his shit over this and evan is going to need a lawyer.

    welcome to the dystopian present.

    • just fyi, the improper use of words and the lack of an [edit post] button is part of the dystopian present.

  • Security checks are not about security. It's meant to show off an impression of security and to make it feel risky to bring lethal when boarding a plane.
    It's the same principle with police patrols. They spend a huge amount of time doing nothing, but it's useful. You see the policeman, you know you can get caught, you abide law.
  • by oDDmON oUT (231200) on Saturday November 16, 2013 @09:27AM (#45442333)

    Who needs "chux'o'liberty" when the Security Theater is lax enough to permit 12" steel razor blades [youtube.com] on a flight?

  • that the Muslims can't work out what he's doing from the video
  • 'chucks of liberty', 'fragguccino'?
    what is this, team fortress 2? :)

  • So you make a dart-shaped mold. You get some pewter from the store. And then "apply heat." Right .. like you're going to have a blowtorch in the airport terminal. Hell, you might as well build a forge, find an anvil and hammer, some charcoal, an urchin to work the bellows .. and make yourself a bloody Samurai sword!

    These ideas are all quite silly really. Chucks of Liberty? And how far are they going to get you, exactly, in your fiendish terrorist plot? You swing, I duck, you miss, and then I shove th

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