Exploits huge security flaw proving TSA’s ineffectiveness

Adan Salazar
November 18, 2013


A resourceful researcher has successfully demonstrated how easy it is for anyone to build an arsenal of weapons solely using items found beyond TSA airport checkpoints, proving once again how the bloated federal agency charged with “protecting travelers” is conducting little more than security theater at taxpayer expense.

Security researcher Evan Booth set out this year to answer one question: “Can common items sold in airports after the security screening be used to build lethal weapons?”

“As it turns out, even a marginally ‘MacGyver-esque’ attacker can breeze through terminal gift shops, restaurants, magazine stands and duty-free shops to find everything needed to wage war on an airplane. Just how easy is it to build these weapons?” Booth’s site TerminalCornucopia.com asks.

Booth’s research proves the answer is that it’s rather easy.

Exploiting gift shop souvenirs and other random objects, Booth spectacularly demonstrates how determined attackers armed with nothing but knowledge can assemble blowguns, firearms and even incendiary devices using common objects regularly found after TSA screening checkpoints.

One improvised explosive device, nicknamed the FRAGGuccino, for instance, is assembled using a stainless steel coffee mug, a double AA battery, a condom and Axe Body Spray, among other materials. As Booth shows, the grenade’s explosion would be enough to cause someone serious bodily injury.

Booth demonstrates FRAGGuccino.
Booth demonstrates FRAGGuccino.

In another demo, Booth brings about the swift demise of a coconut using nunchucks fashioned out of magazines and dental floss.

Other easily assembled, but destructive weapons include remote explosive detonators, spiked clubs and even deadly crossbows.

Booth says he’s not trying to give anyone ideas, but merely wants to demonstrate what “terrorists” could already know. “All of these findings have been reported to the Department of Homeland Security (TSA) to help them better detect these types of threats,” Booth’s site claims.

He also prefaces his discoveries with a disclaimer noting the items were produced in a controlled environment and not in airports.

The security researcher’s work reinforces the popular notion that TSA pat downs and body scanners are effectively futile, there merely to shake down travelers and encourage compliance to authority figures.

By showing how easily pretty much anything can be turned into a weapon, Booth has not only exposed huge flaws in the national security state, but has also proven that the TSA’s presence is unnecessary as anyone determined to create airport chaos can readily do so at a whim.


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