Forget Underwear, Fear the Butt Bomb
Explosives hidden in the rectum could prove undetectable
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2010 4:44 PM CST
In this photo taken Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, an employee of Schiphol stands inside a body scanner during a demonstration at a press briefing at Schiphol airport, Netherlands.   (AP Photo/Cynthia Boll)

(Newser) – The Detroit Christmas bombing may have failed, but like the shoe-bombing attempt, it could have lasting implications for travelers, this time in the form of pat-downs that "are a little more, shall we say, intimate," writes Michael Crowley. How else, after all, to detect an unobtrusive amount of plastic explosives sewn into one's underpants? Sadly, even these intrusive measures won't save us from the even more ridiculous-sounding "butt bomb."

The concept of using the anal cavity to hide things is well-used by drug mules, and may have already been used in an attempt on a Saudi official's life last August. In theory, a terrorist could smuggle an explosive aboard a plane and extract it in the bathroom. A report by the National Security Center says even full-body scanners may not be able to detect anally hidden bombs. "You think taking off your shoes is bad?" asks Crowley in the New Republic. "Try bending over for a TSA worker wearing green surgical gloves."

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SicknessofChoice
May 13, 2011 6:35 PM CDT
So when some dweeb packs his colon with C-4 and lets the **** fly, TSA will start inspecting the bodily orifices of potential flyers? Take them all (seniors, teens, women, children etc) and tell them all to disrobe while some goons who may be pedophiles as well, tells them to bend over while they stick an arm or probe up into them looking for explosives? Get that speculum and stretch those orifices out so we can see whats in there with our flashlights? Then comes the abuses of power, said TSA agent (large male) instructs candidate passenger in line at airport that she (attractive young female or teen) has been selected for a more "extensive" search. Then passenger is sequestered in exam room and instructed to disrobe then told to bend over and by the way any drip you might notice afterwards is just some excess lube................
Spudsy
Jan 8, 2010 12:27 PM CST
Imagine no religion -- John Lennon.
Silverbow7
Jan 8, 2010 7:38 AM CST
I think I would learn to live without using a plane unless I owned it. But then I have that choice. Well, I would if I had the money to buy a plane. Rats!