Mark Frauenfelder at 9:46 am Mon, Dec 31, 2012
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Is this grenade-shaped coin purse cartoonish enough to avoid the attention of TSA officers?
Grenade-shaped key and coin case
My cousin nearly was detained at the airport for having a ~3cm pistol shaped keychain bauble, which was cast out of a single chunk of pewter and clearly non functional in any respect other than being a keychain bauble.
easy for you to say. Until your picking the tiny bullets from your hide.
only ships to Japan grrrrrr
Presumably the same as the larger versions “Fat Man” and “Little Boy.”
Hardy fucking har
I bought this in Japan and sent it to my dad as a birthday present! What a coinsidence!
Anyway, the company makes other similar dangeresque baubles as well.
You could have a picture of a grenade on a T shirt and some TSA idiots would detain you for it.
That’s no joke, there was girl with a gun printed on her purse:
On the other hand, you’d have to be a masochist to take that grenade thingy into an airport.
How about getting a tactical vest and hanging half a dozen off them? 100% guaranteed to ruin your day, or life.
It was a 3-d metal relief, not a print. A 3-d metal relief can look like a real gun when watched trough an airport scanner, which triggers security procedures.
Yeah, it’s a sad state of affairs when I’m worried about wearing this through the airport…
You could carry a bomb onto an airplane inside a laptop computer, and no one in the TSA would bat an eye. Just be sure to make it out of TATP and put it in the battery pack in such a way that it looks legit on an xray. On the other hand, discussing exactly that concept in the TSA waiting line would get you thrown in jail.
You could fashion your own clothing out of guncotton and use it to detonate all manner of shit.
Now, thanks to that, we will all now have to fly naked.
What on earth would compel someone to talk about bombs, at a security checkpoint, in a crowded place full of people? Maybe in jail he’d at least learn that there’s a time and a place for everything.
No, my felon friends say prison is not educational at all.
The California experience would say otherwise.
What on earth would compel someone to talk about bombs, at a security checkpoint, in a crowded place full of people?
A desire for free speech. Discussing the topic isn’t the same as yelling, “I have a bomb!”
Fair enough. I’m the type to be on edge when I’m stuck next to someone who really wants to have a conversation about something I’d rather not think about, like pro wrestling, or Jesus, let alone explosives.
Mostly, I just want to exercise my right to exist peacefully in a personal bubble of non-communication, which I can usually manage through technology. Save for takeoffs, landings, and checkpoints.
Just stare straight at the person and loudly say, “I like your hair.” Try to blow a spit bubble while you’re doing it. They’ll go away.
You’d best avoid the new sports entertainment, demolition, theology show then; “Nitro Messiah Takedown Extreme”
So, discussing the merits of the Jon Carter movie while in a screening line would be verboten?
Because the whole point of a security checkpoint is to try and find bombs.
TSA has stopped someone carrying a toy soldier because it had a gun. I’m sure the grenade purse or grenade mug would both cause problems.
>Implying the TSA knows what a real grenade looks like.
The worst part is that grenades have not looked like that for 50 years now. It’s like someone getting worked up over a “bomb” that is a black ball with a big cloth fuse sticking out of it.
Even though guns exist we still need to defend against knives and fists.
How do you propose we keep fists off airplanes?
we could tape everyone’s hands together as if they were praying?
I know another place where we could store fists.
That’s the only perk of the job for the TSA, don’t poach their fun.
And that would NEVER happen…
“Artichoke, officer. This is an artichoke.” (And yes, I know what an artichoke looks like. Just thinking of what you could say to a TSA agent.)
Carrying the grenade by the pin like that could be quite hazardous if they still had that kind.
Maybe not, but certainly what most people think of: http://goo.gl/N1EZS
Many years ago a friend brought a practice grenade back on a plane (Germany to Canada) with no problem. Times have changed.
funny thing is i found one in a store in jerusalem about a month ago and sent it with a friend as a present to europe. went through tlv security without any problems. thats the same security that i saw confiscating a kid’s futuristic looking water pistol. you think the tsa is bad? come to israel and have your cavities checked (for fun as i promise they won’t find the grenade)!
I want to play Commando now.
“Aah you awl raaght?”
Nothing says “please arrest me” like facsimile weaponry. Not enough time wasted in security checkpoints already? Big joke? Get yer victimhood ya yas out on yer own will ya.
I dunno, but fer sure you’ll look like a jackass with a fugly change purse.
These are available from dx.com for about $7. They also sell pistol-shaped versions, and lighters that look much more like real grenades, cartridges or handguns (some complete with laser sights, in case you have trouble aiming at your cigarette).
Not sure how Customs feels about importing these, of course.
Probably made in China, in a labor camp. But, what a riot toting cheap plastic pistols, hand grenades, etc. Little kids have been killed because their toy guns looked real to trigger happy cops. Given today’s climate with mass murders becoming almost a daily occurrence, give it a rest. This is just stupid.
“Given today’s climate with mass murders becoming almost a daily occurrence…”
I wonder if they outlawed the carrying of toy swords during the Crusades?
We live in a relative age of peace and wonder. Enjoy it.
Yes, relative to other eras, but as individuals we can do a lot better. Walking around with fake hand grenades on your belt (in my book) doesn’t contribute nor do plastic weapons inspire “wonder” in me. At least not the positive kind.
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