Surgically Planted Bomb Idea is Back

And from the department of really, again? The government is worried about terrorists walking aboard jetliners with surgically implanted bombs. So, what’s the TSA’s reaction going to be?

From the AP:

The U.S. government has warned domestic and international airlines that some terrorists are considering surgically implanting explosives into humans to carry out attacks, The Associated Press has learned.

There is no intelligence pointing to a specific plot, but the U.S. shared its concerns last week with executives at domestic and international carriers.

People traveling to the U.S. from overseas may experience additional screening at airports because of the threat, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

“These measures are designed to be unpredictable, so passengers should not expect to see the same activity at every international airport,” TSA spokesman Nick Kimball said. “Measures may include interaction with passengers, in addition to the use of other screening methods such as pat-downs and the use of enhanced tools and technologies.”

Placing explosives and explosive components inside humans to hide bombs and evade security measures is not a new idea. But there is new intelligence pointing to a fresh interest in using this tactic, a U.S. security official told the AP.


  • blight

    Someone probably just watched The Dark Knight again.

    Metal detectors are likely to catch this one, unless they have figured out how to do this without any metal materials.

    • PMI

      Or a Lone Gunmen episode from 2001.

      • blight

        Bah, I probably missed that episode, or it’s been a while. I was still sticking to the X Files at the time (though this is around the time the X Files started to go down)

    • klingforth

      just so u know they make explosives with out metal that why we don’t always find them with metal detectors that why we use dogs

      • blight

        Detonators use a fair amount of metal components, and the technical challenge would be to minimize the amount of metal to be less than what sets off the metal detector.

        You can use an ion sniffer too, especially since you can’t implant explosives without getting the smell everywhere. Unless you prep the device in a clean room and wash off the bag to prevent smell from getting onto the surface, and then put the scentless bag into a carrier. More prepwork than is otherwise seen…

    • mike

      i worry more about the tunnels dug at the texas and mexico boarder by the hezbulloh. I wonder how many iranians and terrorist with bioweapons or people capable of making bioweapons have made it threw! The answer is not zero!

  • MCQknight

    Great, now the TSA is going to use this bogus threat to advocate increased strip-searches.

    Btw, if you have any surgical scars that an examiner notices - prepare to get some “special” attention.

    • Rico

      I agree with you 100 percent. These guys win just by planting the thought into our heads and get us whipped up into a frenzy without having to carry out a damn thing!

  • blight

    At some point, the terrorists will stop attacking airplanes in flight and go back to the old saw of attacking airports themselves like it’s the 1980’s.

    • anon

      Or try just flying a light aircraft into an airliner as it takes off

      • blight

        That requires aircraft training, and now that the FBI is likely to profile any “Arab” (Sikhs included) who enrolls for flight training, may not be an option.

    • Six

      The are groups who are doing that in 2011 anyway……

      • blight

        Unsurprising. And TSA grope-searches won’t stop them when they walk through the lobby.

  • willrhaynes

    All they need are exposive detecting dogs at each point -save billions of dollars and they care what you look like

    • blight

      Explosives dogs aren’t exactly a dime a dozen. There are too many airports and too many vulnerable points to protect properly. If you sniff people as they enter the airport, they’ll set off bombs in waiting areas and parking lots outside the secure zone. And then you extend the secure zone, and then they’ll get you in the long lines that build up outside the airport (and if they’re in cars, they’ll use car bombs and pack loooots of explosives).

      • klingforth

        thats why dumb people shouldnt use dogs you dont just have the dogsit at one spotu walk around if you knew anything about the dogs or the way they work you might understand it

        • blight

          Modern airport security is built around channelizing people, which makes it pretty easy for a stationary dog to process cargo and people. Having extra roving dogs is nice, but you need increased density to prevent gaps in coverage from opening up by having your dog and handler move around.

          And then, you realize that dogs are /expensive/, and that channelizing people between the unsterile and sterile areas is the most cost effective way to go. You can’t protect the unsterile areas, but the precious aircraft will remain in business if someone sets off a shrapnel bomb in the airport lobby.

  • Stan

    I guess this means we’ll have to give up some more freedoms. At this rate the US will be less free than China in a few years. I wish that was a joke….

  • ew-3

    Since 90+ percent of terrorists that have tried to take out aircraft were Muslim, why not make sure 9 out of 10 people that are groped be Muslim ? That would reduce lines and get better results.

    FWIW - this is just an excuse for TSA to get more scanning equipment at airports, as the grope search likely won’t be able to find a surgically implanted device.

    • @echomrg

      Because that would be racial profiling and, you know, racial profiling it’s not nice and uncostitutional. Plus, does the name Timothy Mcveigh ring any bell?

      • crackedlenses

        When’s the last time a terrorist came through since McVeigh that was in his category? Sorry, but racial profiling is the only practical way of fixing this. You think it’s unfair? Go fix your ethnic group and make them stop trying to blow us up….

        • @echomrg

          uhmmm… let me see… on February 18, 2010, Andrew Joseph Stack III flew his airplane into the IRS building in Austin… on January 8, 2011 Jared Lee Loughner shot 19 people and killed 6 in an attempt to assassinate congress member Gabrielle Giffords.

          anyway i agree, fixing the white caucasians ethnic group would be the right solution.

      • ew-3

        Actually what the TSA is doing is unconstitutional. Read the 4th amendment.

        There is nothing unconstitutional about good police work.

  • James

    All I want is a law that states that whatever the most intrusive TSA search procedure is, that it must be used, every time on any member of congress, their staff and all cabinet level officials. Then the TSA can go to town with whatever new search procedure they want. Till then hands off my junk!

    • TheDieHard

      I’m with James. Every politician, every TSA employee, and all THEIR family members, get strip-searched, groped and fingers stuck up their orifices, and all the women with boob implants, and all the men with penile inflators, get held overnight to see if they explode.

      What an absolute crock of simmering feces.

      • blight

        I’d love to see that too. Not sure who gets breezed by TSA checkpoints to begin with. Foreign dignitaries?

  • Bill

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  • ew-3

    Just to add a thought, how much C4 can you pack into a set of false teeth?

  • Mike, The Netherlands

    the whole airport secuirity is a Hoax. We were allready dozens of years aware what drugsrunners can stuff in their rectum, or female drugsrunners in their ******. This shouldnt come as a surprise…

    • crackedlenses

      A guy tried that with a bomb in Saudi Arabia; he didn’t get his guy…..

  • @echomrg

    oh, great, mandatory x-ray and MRI on the horizon?
    if, at least, they would be nice enough to hand out the images it would cut down costs for medical exams…

  • paperpushermj

    I think they should implant the explosives between their ears

  • Alex

    And all this came about after the 9/11 panic when they made dept of HS and gave it a bunch of power with little to no strings and/or oversite attatched. Here’s an article I found it’s interesting and it’s recent but I’m not sure how authentic it is or if it’s just a reprint from several years ago:…
    And the article in response to the comments:…
    The response is written by a C. S. Magor not sure if he’s a flak or what.
    Let the comment wars begin :)

    • Alex

      Oh! they already started, my bad.

  • eric

    Another world class article from The Onion!

    • Alex

      The Onion? you actulaly think so?

      • Alex

        Seriously I’m courious.

  • aSDF

    Since 90+ percent of terrorists that have tried to take out aircraft were Muslim, why not make sure 9 out of 10 people that are groped be Muslim ? That would reduce lines and get better results.

    it’s not just about the aircraft. oklahoma, anthrax…
    also, the terrorists have officially won (by striking even more FUD and fear into americans).

  • stephen russell

    Saw this in the TV show The Wild Wild West, Season 2. some Mad Doctor implanted bombs in victims & sent them to Govt meetings to blow up.
    Show year was in 1870.
    On DVD now.
    Night of the Big Blast I think.

  • Morty

    Their are a lot of terrorist that arn’t muslim. Plus if im on a plane I dont want any thing on it blowing up.

  • TheDieHard

    My mother wears an insulin pump. That would look like a “suspicious device” to the reyarded relatives of politicians who the TSA was created to employ, and they’d be all proud of themselves for publicly harassing an 80-year-old woman.

    Many people I know, on the other hand, are perfectly capable of putting together a hypergolic explosive (no metal involved), or a deadly bacterial contaminant, in those cheap little makeup containers that go serenely through inspection. (Me, I use them for vodka.)

    Daddyland Stupidity, what an absolute crock of crap. Let someone get mad enough to poison the punchbowl at a political party for the ultra-wealthy, and then maybe this “terrorism” nonsense will be replaced by “WHY did this happen?”

    • blight

      “reyarded relatives of politicians”

      Are you implying that all the line inspectors are “reyarded relatives of politicians”? I think it unlikely.

  • tj leroy

    all i want to say is that before someone gropes me and sticks their finger up my butt i want dinner, some wine and a nice cigar first!

  • Daytime

    Too bad the terrorists dont consider that we Americans will have a stubborn reaction to inconveniences which would make it easier to follow through with their plans to kill the “ignorant” spoiled Americans. If they only knew we would feel it is a rediculous consideration to “violate” our space to ensure safety for the greater safety of all. We Americans are blissfully lucky enough to be raised in an enviorment to believe we are individually above, or better than the risks. “It wont happen to me.” - yeah, thats what everyone wants to believe. Then we watch it happen live on the news to our family, friends, shipmates, wingmen, fellow soldiers, and Marines, and other countrymen. As much as it sucks, I would rather inconvenience myself to ensure outsmarting these murderous regimes rather than letting my family, friends and shipmates fall victim. -That is my American “I am better than that” additude.

  • guest

    I really do not think this is even possible. At least to a degree that it could bring down a aircraft of any stature. I mean, I think if someone had something inplanted in them, they would be too sick or weak as to not give away themselves. I could see a lead coming out of the skin like a drain does, and hooking that up to a external detonator that was snuck in some other way, since they are so small, and then connected to a battery of some sort. But, the amount of explosives hidden in some ones body, I just do not see it being of any amount to be prudent. Sure I could be wrong, but, I would love to hear a real life surgeon or doctor weigh in on this discussion. Anyone out there………..:-) Doc..?