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Via Bruce Schneier: The TSA web site has the following advice for all travelers:

We encourage everyone to pack gel-filled bras in their checked baggage.

Yes, folks. Our government. Keeping abreast of the threats.

Ensuring that security of the boobs, by the boobs, for the boobs shall not perish from the earth.

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1. Chris Whisonant08/19/2006 07:25:28 AM

OK, so if a terrorist had a gel-filled bra that was modified to have a different gel, then you would rather them be allowed to bring it on board? Remember, too, that 2 of the people arrested in London were women! That's a slight change in the MO of the terrorists.

But I still believe that we should be more concerned with young muslim men than any other group. If white boys from South Carolina were terrorists, then I would just have to deal with it...

2. carl08/19/2006 08:22:20 AM

2 things.

Chris they are "Alleged Terrorists" there has been no court case yet, and no guilty verdict.

How do we protect ourselves if a woman gets implants that contain explosives? Do we ban women with modified breasts?Those old stories about exploding implants at 35,000 feet have a whole new side to them now.

3. Richard Schwartz08/19/2006 09:47:21 AM

@1 Chris: Given that bras are not the only article of clothing that could conceivably conceal an explosive gel, what is your suggestion? Should all passengers be encouraged to pack all their clothing in checked luggage and board the plane naked?

@2 Carl: The obvious answer to that threat is clear. Hand inspections. And the additional benefit of that is that applications for employment at TSA will go way, way up.

4. Bruce Perry08/19/2006 11:15:13 AM

I'm trying to find a non-gratuitous way to fit the word "titular" into the conversation here and failing. Perhaps later.

There are shoes with gel soles, gel inserts for shoes, and probably lots of other gel applications I haven't thought of. And these are just the tip of the iceberg as far as potentially dangerous objects/substances go. We could have a new kind of alert every week for a year without any repeats.

Jon Stewart was right. All some terrorist has to do now is start a plot that centers on explosive underwear. A few people discussing it in the right sort of chat room would be enough in the current climate of offical security hysteria. Then we'd be getting on planes naked or with TSA-issued bathrobes.

But that would fine, because we'd all be safer.

The next logical step would be for a terrorist to carry a bomb internally.

Then we'd all get free X-rays or enemas with every flight!

5. Amy B08/19/2006 01:40:22 PM

Thank you for sharing this vital information in the war on terror.

6. Joerg Michael08/19/2006 03:08:33 PM

Hmm, so they encourage everyone to pack gel-filled bras into their checked baggage. Now there's only one question: What would I do with gel-filled bras. I have never had use for a bra, gel-filled or not. Maybe if I was female, but ....

7. Ken Yee08/19/2006 07:42:22 PM

As I posted on Andrew's's time to start Naturalist Airlines. For your own safety, everyone travels naked. I'll be on the flight w/ all the models...woohoo!

I was joking about it when the "feel good, do nothing" knee jerk reaction was to confiscate nail clippers...sad to see we're one step closer....

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