Man Builds Deadly Arsenal Using Airport Store Items
Including a gun, grenade, crossbow—and they all work
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2013 7:47 AM CST
Updated Nov 30, 2013 6:00 PM CST
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(Newser) – You may already find it ridiculous that you can't bring the tiniest pair of scissors through an airport security checkpoint, but you'll find it even more absurd after reading this: A North Carolina programmer is proving that even with all those security restrictions, it's still possible to get a weapon on a plane—by building it yourself, using items you can buy in airport stores after going through security. So far, Evan Booth has built nunchucks, a crossbow, a grenade, and even a shotgun—and all of them work. "If we're trying to stop a terrorist threat at the airport, it's already too late," Booth tells Fast Company, which notes the fabrication happens in Booth's home ... not at the airport.

On Booth's website are videos showing how each amusingly-named weapon (think "Chucks of Liberty" and "Blunderbussiness Class") was made. For example, the shotgun is powered by lithium metal batteries. Combine them with water and the resulting chemical reaction will cause a bottle of Axe body spray to explode, shooting a bunch of pocket change with enough power to penetrate drywall. The grenade/bomb also uses the Axe-battery-water combo, plus a stainless steel coffee tumbler and a condom, and can be put together in less than 10 minutes, Business Insider reports. Booth sends all his findings to the Department of Homeland Security, and he's gotten the attention of the FBI, which questioned him as part of a report it's putting together but wouldn't help him out: "It would have been awesome," Booth says, "if I'd had access to, like, a cockpit door."

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plain_speaking
Nov 27, 2015 11:24 AM CST
I have always found these post 9/11 changes silly. A terrorist can walk into an airport and detonate a bomb before the security line...
uthink
Dec 15, 2013 7:41 PM CST
Those $12 tunafish sandwiches & faux coral necklaces are deadly.
Nigel Anthony Sellars
Dec 1, 2013 9:15 AM CST
I'm sick and tired of the trolls calling President Obama's admin a "Police state." What immense BS. Americans have no idea what a police state is, and I can tell you I personally think that if we had an American Stasi, most folks would scramble over each other to sign up as informers. (Don't believe me? Read about the American Protective League at the start of the 20th century, or study the 2nd Klan of the 1920s. Americans ain't so different as to not become snitches and informers. It's in our culture. Most Americans would sign up in a heartbeat if only for the money.) I might remind the socially crippled idiots making such comments that Tim McVeigh was one of you: a bitter, hateful, racist incompetent. Angry white boys (who are mostly overweight, smoke too much, and can't get a date) are the real threat to America. Oh, and BTW, I'm from Oklahoma and lived there when the Murrah Bldg. was taken down. The real threat to America is not the government; it's the bomb-building, neo-Nazi, "Christian", pale-skinned asshole hatemongers, the "nice" boys who live next door, or the trolls who live in their parents' basements because they can't hold a job. I've known too many of you over my nearly 60 years on this planet. You don't change. You just get more bitter as each day brings new disappointments. And you can't stand that your lack of melanin no longer entitles you to anything you never deserved in the first place.