Al Qaeda - Bum bomb

#1
Juist listening to report on BBC 4. Apparently an attempted assassination of a Saudi Prince by Al Qaeda almost succeeded because the device was hidden inside the body of the bomber who successfully passed through a metal detector prior to the attack!

Forensic scientists believe the device was detonated remotely.

Security experts believe this may neutralise most airport security measures and are worried Al Qaeda will attempt to repeat method.
8O
Original incident

Bum Bomb article Link
 
#2
Most jails (in Canada at least )have a device that looks like a mechanical bull which prisoners sit on upon entering to ensure no metal is tucked up their arrses (guns, knives, needles, etc). If these things are sensitive enough to detect the sharp end of a syringe, surely they could detect wires, timers, caps,etc. WHy they dont have these at airports , etc is beyond me
 
#6
Link to BBC article here
 

maguire

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#7
what a pain in the arse.
 
#8
From the States:

When your British terrorist Richard Reid came over here with bombs in his shoes the TSA started requiring shoe removal.

I shudder to think what TSA will do now but it might involve gloves and lube.

Looking on the bright side however, at my age I am supposed to have prostate exams every two years so airline flights might kill two birds with one stone. I just would not want to have a TSA screener who enjoys doing it.
 
#9
Flagrantviolator said:
Most jails (in Canada at least )have a device that looks like a mechanical bull which prisoners sit on upon entering to ensure no metal is tucked up their arrses (guns, knives, needles, etc). If these things are sensitive enough to detect the sharp end of a syringe, surely they could detect wires, timers, caps,etc. WHy they dont have these at airports , etc is beyond me
I know. The amount of times I've been caught out sitting on that bull.
 
#10
Well, if this comes to pass, flight travel among the gay community will go through the roof...
 
#11
Well it seems, not for the first time the septics are late on the scene. CBS news video report on the incident here

In a surprising degree of sophistication Al Qaeda had an animated cartoon to illustrate how the attack took place!

The septics also prefer to call him the Trojan Bomber though I still think Bum Bomber has more of a ring to it! :wink:
 

Cutaway

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#13
Bouillabaisse said:
Oh, great. **** probing to get through airport security now. I'm giving up flying
Hell no, I'm giving up driving !
I'll have an airport built in the back garden.

Or maybe just a departures terminal.
 

old_fat_and_hairy

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#14
Bouillabaisse said:
Oh, great. **** probing to get through airport security now. I'm giving up flying
Oh no, I'm going for the 'frequent flyer' thing.
 
#15
As someone pointed out, this isn't much of a threat for three reasons: 1) you can't stuff a lot of explosives into a body cavity, 2) detonation is, um, problematic, and 3) the human body can stifle an explosion pretty effectively (think of someone throwing himself on a grenade to save his friends).
 
#16
Thank fcuk I'm not tackling IED's any more - the Render safe on this one would be ---------- interesting :D

Edited for mong spalling!
 
#17
rickshaw-major said:
Thank fcuk I'm not tckling IED's any more - the Render safe on this onew would be ---------- interesting :D
<snort>

Leading to thoughts of acts of selfless derring do by the Felix contingent.
And some bloody fascinating citations being read out at Bettys... :lol:
 
#18
johnboyzzz said:
There will be piles of the gay type persons lining up to get one of those

"Come and get the bang of your life"
you can't mention 'Piles' and Gay people in the same sentence.... 8O
 
#19
PE4rocks said:
rickshaw-major said:
Thank fcuk I'm not tckling IED's any more - the Render safe on this onew would be ---------- interesting :D
<snort>

Leading to thoughts of acts of selfless derring do by the Felix contingent.
And some bloody fascinating citations being read out at Bettys... :lol:
A certain ATO I know who was on my course used to fantasize about doing a selfless act by manually tackling an IED which had somehow found its way in to the naughty bits of Raquel Welch - probably a bit more entertaining than up some blokes squeeker it has to be said.

And half a pound of white noise going off on a plane would be more than enough to cause problems.
 
#20
Mmmm. Compulsory pre-flight picolax—its the only way!
Should be top billing on the New Labour (© P Mandelson) Manifesto now they've had to eat their hats over ID cards...
 
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