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Keillor’s suggestion

September 14, 2006

I love Garrison Keillor:

The way to stop terrorists on planes is to encourage passengers to bring loaded firearms aboard: guys in orange vests sitting in exit rows with deer rifles on their laps, ladies with Mr. Colt in their purses, kids with peashooters. Somebody wake up the National Rifle Association. Does the Second Amendment say, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed except on commercial airliners”? Where are the right-wingers when you really need them?

This way, if some guy in a burnoose sets up a chemistry lab in row 24 and mixes hydrogen peroxide, sulfuric acid and acetone in a big beaker that is packed in 15 pounds of dry ice to keep it cool, and cooks up some triacetone triperoxide, or TATP, the passengers will be able, in the several hours it will take him to make the deadly explosive, to bring him under control, assuming the fumes haven’t knocked him out. And they could nab the mastermind, too, the monocled guy in first class petting the white cat.
- Baltimore Sun: Coffee, tea, or triacetone triperoxide?

Yes, I know he’s speaking tongue-in-cheek but there is truth in it.  If a Terror!st ever does manage to smuggle any kind of weapon aboard, he’ll have the luxury of confronting passengers who have been stripped of anything that could conceivably be used to fight back.  News flash: most people are law-abiding, but Terror!sts are not.  There are times when a nail file could come in really handy, y’know?

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  1. September 15, 2006 at 10:19 | #1

    Archie Bunker on All in the Family once said that the way to stop hijackings was to give everyone a gun when they got on board a plane, then collect a gun from each person as they leave.

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