Homeland Security Official Expresses Interest in Shock Bracelets for Air Travellers

Cosmic Iguana has found something incredible at TURNING TRAVELERS TO PRISONERS. The source is the Washington Times, so I suppose it's suspect.

A senior government official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expressed great interest in a so-called safety bracelet that would serve as a stun device, similar to that of a police Taser®. According to this promotional video found at the Lamperd Less Lethal website, the bracelet would be worn by all airline passengers.

This bracelet would:

• take the place of an airline boarding pass

• contain personal information about the traveler

• be able to monitor the whereabouts of each passenger and his/her luggage

• shock the wearer on command, completely immobilizing him/her for several minutes

The Electronic ID Bracelet … would be worn by every traveler “until they disembark the flight at their destination.”

They have a pdf of what seems to be a letter from Homeland Security to back up the story: page one and page two.

Otherwise I'd treat it like My First Cavity Search.

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6 Responses to Homeland Security Official Expresses Interest in Shock Bracelets for Air Travellers

  1. This humane initiative will probably be combined with this one to restore the jolly free-enterprise days of the Middle Passage.

  2. Jonathan Weinberg says:

    The letter seems authentic enough, but folks should note that (1) it appears to date from sometime in 2006; and (2) the author isn’t talking about air traveller use (though at one point he says that’s “conceivable”); he likes the bracelet as a means of restraining prisoners in open environments.

  3. Josh says:

    Forgetting for the moment any and all legal issues that may be presented by this method of “security”, this may be the worst idea yet for increasing passenger/airplane safety. Let us not forget why only 3 and not 4 planes reached their intended target that cool morning in September of 2001. I wonder what the success rate would have been with a cabin of incapacitated passengers unable to resist their captors.

  4. howard says:

    I’ll have to book on Sudan, Yemenia or Syrian Airways from now on if that becomes the norm on American carriers.

  5. grthinker says:

    Sounds like a money maker to me. Just consider being INNOCENT and getting a jolt. That says payola! big time. Any trial lawyers that read this must start salivating.

  6. Steve says:

    Airlines would go bankrupt in a matter of months because nobody in their right mind would ever fly again.
    Period.

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