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Sequoia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 02:01 PM
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Can someone tell me why books were banned on flights
from London to USA? I read about it but there was no explanation. Is it happening on USA flights also?
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 02:03 PM
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1. There was no time to assemble an "approved reading list"
Coulter, Hannity, etc. . .so they banned all books in the meantime until Lynne Cheney can handpick what reading material will be permitted.

Seriously, I have no idea, it was another enormous overreaction to the whole hoax.
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Sydnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 02:04 PM
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2. Books? Are all flights "Boston" now?
Sheesh. They can xray a book and see that it is just paper for goodness sake.

No learning or expanding your mind on the plane, it might be hazardous. :mad:
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 02:04 PM
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3. How else will they get you to read those SkyMall magazines?
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FearofFutility Donating Member (764 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 02:05 PM
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5. LOL! n/t
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 02:05 PM
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6. Who the hell buys that expensive crap?
I mean really, reading through those things, would one really say "Hey! I could use a $1,000 motorized CD holder!"
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FearofFutility Donating Member (764 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 02:04 PM
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4. Because they might contain directions to assemble a bomb
in mid-air? :shrug:
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The_Casual_Observer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 02:07 PM
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7. A couple of crackpot explanations I will proffer:
The paper could be used a some kind of catalyst in a bomb.

You could hollow out the book, like in the movies, to hide beakers of deadly "liquid explosives" or anthrax.

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warrens Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 02:16 PM
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11. Just soak the pages in the right explosives
Add match. Boom. It ain't THAT easy, but it is possible. They're going to have to stop this nonsense pretty soon...it's like they're trying to kill the airline industry. I would NEVER get on a flight without something to read and listen to. Pretty soon, they'll have to offer free digital radio and video and a full lending-library where you get to keep the book.
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The_Casual_Observer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 02:18 PM
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12. I don't want any books that have been in the lavatory!
Edited on Wed Aug-16-06 02:18 PM by The_Casual_Observer
No "bathroom books"
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acmejack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 02:44 PM
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17. Free? Hah! Surely you jest!
Rent perhaps, for purchase at airline prices, certainly.
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warrens Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 03:28 PM
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23. Yeah, I can see it. $22 per paperback, and you have to leave it behind
They're really getting crazy. The most obvious dangers, like containers and bombs in commercial air shipments, they don't even check. But SHOES? Jesus.
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acmejack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 03:50 PM
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26. Like Gregg Palast observed, be glad he wasn't the underpants bomber!
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MrPrax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 02:10 PM
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8. DHS is smart....
Never know what might be in a book... :eyes:

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Freedom_Aflaim Donating Member (745 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 02:10 PM
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9. Its a facist habit
Banning books this time was just out of pure habit.
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 02:12 PM
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10. No more thinking airline passengers, that's why
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 02:20 PM
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13. I googled it and came up
with this..

snip~

"Air travellers leaving the United Kingdom on Thursday faced the strictest security measures in years: iPods, mobile phones, laptops, and even books and magazines were no longer permitted as carry-on items.

In a series of public statements, government officials in London and Washington blamed the new restrictions on a terrorist plot to blow up transatlantic airliners, which has led to at least 24 arrests.

"The terrorists' aim was to smuggle explosives onto aeroplanes in hand luggage and to detonate these in flight," Paul Stephenson, Scotland Yard's deputy commissioner, told reporters."




http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/soa/Notebooks_iPo...

So, it has to do with not taking ANY Chances!
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 02:31 PM
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16. Agreed - in the first hours the last thing the British wanted to do
was slip up and let something on board. Books as such weren't banned - everything was. The less people carried on board, the fewer items had to be inspected. Books are allowed now, but I don't think you'll see people carrying on the kitchen sink as in the past any time soon.
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Xenotime Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 02:24 PM
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14. WTF? Thanks to * for creating his own police state.
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jumpoffdaplanet Donating Member (676 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 02:24 PM
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15. Maybe they are afraid you'll paper cut someone to death
scary books!
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AZBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 02:47 PM
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18. They weren't.
False rumor that got started. Just like ipods and laptops. I had friends who flew on Friday from London to Phoenix - and brought all three on the plane with them.
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obreaslan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 02:54 PM
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19. They didn't want to take the chance that you might learn something...
You might catch on and ruin their plans. :shrug:

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Sequoia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 03:32 PM
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24. I love your wanted poster!
Wow, Woody and Odetta!
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FlavaKreemSnak Donating Member (288 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 03:22 PM
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20. I think it is to save time because deciding which books are terrorist

or not is not something that all of the airline employees are going to agree about and even the ones of the government officials who have read some books might not always agree about every one. So this means that a lot of time is taken up trying to decide if the book a person has is terrorist or not and can make the planes late and cost more money because so far none of the security companies have made any equipment that they can just put the book on and have a qualitative readout instead of it being a lot of people having subjective arguments about this or that book.
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 03:26 PM
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21. Books are dangerous.
Just ask your local fireman.
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Sequoia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 03:37 PM
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25. I can see clearly now! Thank you.
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Nimrod2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-16-06 03:27 PM
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22. Has to do with shampoo or Gatorade?
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