Thursday, July 10, 2008

Shocking News for Airline Passengers

Heard on MSNBC last evening that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in its infinite wisdom has solicited a proposal from a Canadian security company to develop an airline passenger stun bracelet. YIKES!

The idea is that all passengers would be forced to wear the electro-muscular disruption (EMD) bracelet, which is intended to incapacitate wearers on remote command. YIKES!

But wait. Who activates the stun bracelet? Crew members. Ohmygosh. Crew members these days already view us with considerable disdain. Now they will have the power of electric shock over us? YIKES!

Wondering if this could possibly be true, I found an article from Information Week by Thomas Claburn, July 8, that confirms the story. Supposedly the bracelets "will allow crew members, using radio frequency transmitters, to quickly and effectively subdue hijackers, according to Lamperd Less Lethal, the Canadian security company whose motto is "Keeping the situation under control." They try to smooth it over by explaining that the bracelet is totally inert until activated. And they cheerfully predict that the bracelet will obviate the need for a plane ticket and will help make passengers and baggage trackable while traveling. Oh good. Now our relatives and our bosses will be able to track our whereabouts like a UPS package.


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