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Is it possible to hijack a plane with a bottle of water?

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11. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4275 posts) 3 Mar '12 02:42

The plot was real (if rather unlikely to succeed), but the resulting hassle is doing absolutely nothing to make anyone "safer" (there's no consequence to being 'caught' with a bottle of liquid, so a real terrorist who'd be stupid enough to try with liquid explosives again could just keep trying to slip it through again and again [1] (or they could just label their bottle "saline solution" or some other medical supply, and be allowed to take it through on the first try [2])). It's pure security theatre, instituted only (like everything beyond reinforced cockpit doors in planes) so the responsible organizations can be seen to be doing things, thus legitimizing their own existence.

12. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru, 2026 posts) 3 Mar '12 08:59

I disagree Sander - well, partly disagree. I'm sure what you say is true to an extent, however I think there is a genuine element of security in the rather draconian procedures that have been introduced. Part of that security is in the 'security theatre' (nicely put) itself, which I'm sure provides something of a deterrent. What the balance is between a genuine concern for security and activity designed to legitimise the existence of security forces, I don't think we can know, however I don't think it's as cut-and-dried as that.

I reckon you'd make a great terrorist though - you'd think of a way around all the 'procedures'. ;)

13. Posted by fraluchi (Full Member, 124 posts) 3 Mar '12 13:47

Quoting magykal1

I reckon you'd make a great terrorist though - you'd think of a way around all the 'procedures'. ;)

And that's exactly what individuals, who are prepared to sacrifice themselves for a purpose, are doing. It's what happened with the guys who ran into the twin towers of NYC. Governments are wasting their time in putting up procedures which make no sense from a security point of view, but make people feel that they are taken care fo.
The planes carry plenty of water on board. Nobody checks so-called aspirin-pills of passengers. (toothpaste seems to be more dangerous!?) and bingo...a disaster could be created. A simple spray into crews' eyes would do the job. But this is "passé", since other means of torture have become freely available.
Sorry to divulge this on Travellerspoint, where we would rather open the world to a more relaxed enjoyment. Forget the bottle of water past the boarding check and ask for a drink on board.

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