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Scary Toothbrush Prompts Shutdown of World's Busiest Airport

timothy posted about a year and a half ago | from the rogue-toothbrush-sounds-scarier dept.

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McGruber writes "The big buzz for travelers today is the story of how a scary toothbrush prompted the closure of Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport: 'Airport officials told Channel 2 Action News that an electric toothbrush began vibrating inside a bag checked onto an AirTran flight, causing workers to alert airport officials to the strange noise.' The terminal and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) subway were both temporary closed 'out of an abundance of caution.' ATL has been the world's busiest airport by passenger traffic since 1998, and by number of landings and take-offs since 2005."

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Well... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483209)

It's nice to see that we haven't let the terrorists win... oh wait.

Re:Well... (5, Insightful)

c0lo (1497653) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483503)

Bin Laden... scaring US airports with a toothbrush since 2001. Death is not an impediment.

Re:Well... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483585)

If it were across the pond, an electric tooth brush that they have not seen before might cause a scare.
see "British smiles".

Re:Well... (2)

History's Coming To (1059484) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483659)

Scaring Americans with their own toothbrushes in fact. Imagine if they hadn't killed them? He'd be releasing fear-inducing gas into the American homes via the media by now. Then unveiling a giant laser on the moon.

Re:Well... (1)

jd2112 (1535857) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483895)

Scaring Americans with their own toothbrushes in fact. Imagine if they hadn't killed them? He'd be releasing fear-inducing gas into the American homes via the media by now. Then unveiling a giant laser on the moon.

Do you have any idea how much bacteria there is on a typical toothbrush? You should be afraid.

Re:Well... (2)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | about a year and a half ago | (#42484115)

this is the first recorded case of toothbrush-icide from beyond the grave! and for extra evil, it was powered by sony batteries.

Re:Well... (5, Insightful)

Keith111 (1862190) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483531)

When's the last time anyone has made a bomb which beeps, ticks, or vibrates?

Re:Well... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483621)

Does exploding count as vibrates?

Re:Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483725)

Yes, but only with vibrators.

Re:Well... (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483771)

I'm pretty sure it was an everyday "dildo scare", misreported as a "bomb scare".

Re:Well... (5, Funny)

Guignol (159087) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483911)

- Was it ticking?
-- Actually, throwers don't worry about ticking 'cause modern bombs don't tick.
- Sorry, throwers?
-- Baggage handlers. But when a suitcase vibrates, then the throwers gotta call the police.
- My suitcase was vibrating?
-- Nine times out of ten it's an electric razor. But every once in a while it's a dildo. Of course, it's company policy never to imply ownership in the event of a dildo. We have to use the indefinite article, "a dildo", never your dildo.
- But,I do not own a dildo!
- Alright, let's just call this a toothbrush, you can use it as you see fit after all why would I care ?

Re:Well... (2)

phantomfive (622387) | about a year and a half ago | (#42484373)

"But don't worry, it all went very smoothly, they had the terminal back open in about.....40 minutes."

Yes, they did say that.

Re:Well... (5, Interesting)

Black LED (1957016) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483629)

I've had the security guys at various US airports get scared on multiple occasions when I've run my toiletries bag through the x-ray scanner and they saw my electric toothbrush. With the sheer number of times that this must happen in any given airport, you'd think they would know better by now.

I got a chuckle out of the video when the reporter mentioned that the airport personnel were "concerned". It's more like they were scared out of their minds, running from their own shadows.

Re:Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483683)

Hasn't employees of the TSA seen Fight Club? COME ON!

Re:Well... (5, Insightful)

lightknight (213164) | about a year and a half ago | (#42484129)

Indeed. Nothing like seeing security forces have a spaz attack over an electric toothbrush to make me feel safe.

Re:Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42484193)

Terrorists? You're way of... the true face of evil isn't some foreign country but a local criminal empire comprised of the ultra rich.

Dumb shits! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42484225)

The dumb phrase 'out of an abundance of caution.' is bureaucratspeek for I CANT FIND MY ASS

MFG, omb

The first rule... (5, Funny)

Rockoon (1252108) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483213)

Nine times out of ten it's an electric razor. But every once in a while it's a dildo. Of course, it's company policy never to imply ownership in the event of a dildo. We have to use the indefinite article, "a dildo", never "your dildo."

Re:The first rule... (4, Interesting)

Firehed (942385) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483329)

Came here to read that. Thank you for not disappointing!

Re:The first rule... (3, Insightful)

Oxford_Comma_Lover (1679530) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483335)

Nine times out of ten it's an electric razor. But every once in a while it's a dildo. Of course, it's company policy never to imply ownership in the event of a dildo. We have to use the indefinite article, "a dildo", never "your dildo."

Parent is a Fight Club reference, for those who haven't seen it.

All-in-all, this is a step up if we didn't also arrest the person whose toothbrush it is.

Re:The first rule... (5, Funny)

guttentag (313541) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483781)

All-in-all, this is a step up if we didn't also arrest the person whose toothbrush it is.

They weren't arrested, just subjected to a cavity search.

(insert rimshot here)

Re:The first rule... (1)

rahvin112 (446269) | about a year and a half ago | (#42484001)

You forgot the part where they blew the bag to pieces with a water cannon just in case it had a bomb in it. And then detained the people for 8 hours questioning them.

Re:The first rule... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42484109)

Rim.. Shot?.. I didn't know cavity searches featured a 'happy ending' nowadays ;-)

Re:The first rule... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42484263)

They weren't arrested, just subjected to a cavity search. (insert rimshot here)

Toothbrush or dildo, it still works. MARTA Singer would be proud :)

Re:The first rule... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483353)

Didn't realize they had terrorists or dildos in Atlantis. Think what you could do with a vibrating trident!

Re:The first rule... (1)

BlueStrat (756137) | about a year and a half ago | (#42484387)

Think what you could do with a vibrating trident!

Simultaneously spear three servings of some REALLY juicy sushi?

(Try saying "juicy sushi" 5 times in a row as quickly as you can.)

Maybe pleasure kinky mermaid-triplets?

Strat

Re:The first rule... (2)

conspirator23 (207097) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483467)

Nine times out of ten it's an electric razor. But every once in a while it's a dildo. Of course, it's company policy never to imply ownership in the event of a dildo. We have to use the indefinite article, "a dildo", never "your dildo."

My electric razor was in fact responsible for delaying the takeoff of a plane once. Thankfully this was prior to 9/11. Aside from the delay, the only adverse impact was having to dissapoint the two bored baggage handlers who knew the Fight Club reference and were desperately hoping that I would produce something embarassing. Today, I'd expect that the bag would be destroyed and I would be held for questioning. I love to fly but airlines, airports, and the TSA have all convinced me to opt for the road trip for anything inside a 600 mile radius.

Re:The first rule... (1)

Krishnoid (984597) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483599)

My electric razor was in fact responsible for delaying the takeoff of a plane once. Thankfully this was prior to 9/11.

Mine was similarly responsible, but ca. 2010-2011. I'm grateful that the local airport's baggage handlers had enough sense -- I think it was in the midwest, on a smaller airplane, if that matters -- that they just called me over to open my luggage, identify what it was and how to turn it off. Got me to be more careful, and to not bring it along on shorter trips.

Re:The first rule... (2)

DigiShaman (671371) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483645)

Happened to me on a domestic flight in China. It was my beard trimmer in the duffle bag that started vibrating making noise. I don't think many Chinese use an electric shaver. The looks I got when a picked my bags from the airport were that of confusion. It was awkward.

"Ya, I'm an American with something vibrating in my bag. Yes, I'm very very foreign to you!!!"

Re:The first rule... (1)

rubycodez (864176) | about a year and a half ago | (#42484007)

"I beg your pardon, sir. that is NOT a dildo! it is merely a penis-shaped electric handle to my toothbrush. and of course, a remotely controlled flossing plug."

well done. (4, Funny)

nimbius (983462) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483225)

had it not been for the brave efforts of the TSA, someone could have taken this toothbrush and flown it into a building.
  The only way to keep airports safe for americans now is to require them to remove their shoes, belts, AND teeth before screening.

Re:well done. (1, Troll)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | about a year and a half ago | (#42484153)

religion flies planes into buildings.
science flies men into space.
(and fruit flies love bananas).

Re:well done. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42484199)

Fuck, bad mod

sure it was a toothbrush (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483229)

A vibrator. Never 'your vibrator'.

A Government (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483235)

of the tards, by the tards, for the tards...

Happened to my wife (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483237)

My wife was flying for work back in 2004-2005 time period and her electric toothbrush turned on inside her bag. Nobody freaked out, but one of her coworkers made some stupid "Haha is that your vibrator" comment.

Shutting down the whole thing probably cost them at least a million dollars. This is what the terrorists winning looks like.

Re:Happened to my wife (5, Insightful)

icebike (68054) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483449)

Cost who a million dollars?

Did they have to hire additional TSA agents?
Did they pay compensation to anyone for the delay?

Why can't these stupid TSA agents realize that if you hear buzzing its not a bomb. You won't hear the bomb that kills you.

Re:Happened to my wife (2)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483533)

Don't they have an LED count down timer and beep every second?

Re:Happened to my wife (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483583)

Seldom. Only as a courtesy.

Re:Happened to my wife (3, Informative)

sortius_nod (1080919) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483613)

Not sure if you're aware of how much parking fees are for commercial airliners, but they aren't cheap & are calculated to the minute. Add to this the reallocation of tickets for connecting flights, time on the clock for business people, etc.

A small delay can amount to millions in a busy airport.

Re:Happened to my wife (1)

icebike (68054) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483887)

Can you charge parking fees for an airport enforced quarantine?

The business people are allowed to come and go, even when planes aren't moving.
They are still making money from trapped passengers.

Airlines never compensate passengers for any inconvenience caused by missed flights or connections due to security reasons.
I thing you are over stating the case.

Re:Happened to my wife (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42484091)

Airlines never compensate passengers for any inconvenience caused by missed flights or connections due to security reasons.

Who compensates airlines for the inconvenience? Those union pilots are on the clock.

Re:Happened to my wife (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42484325)

Can you charge parking fees for an airport enforced quarantine?

I don't know. But if I were a betting man, I'd say .. yeah.

As far as costs go.. those flight crews still get paid. Ticket counters are going to be *much* busier. and not just at Atlanta. Flights to Atlanta needed to divert, and those passengers need to be rebooked. Flights out of Atlanta are canceled. The passengers that would've gotten on those planes downstream, don't. *Those* passengers need to be rebooked. The passengers stuck in Atlanta probably can't all be fit in the unbooked seats for the day following, so that'll cost extra in public relations at the least. But they probably will offer inducements to other passengers to get them to reroute not through Atlanta to create extra empty seats out.

So.. yeah. costs. From lots of places, even if the airlines don't pay a dime to the passengers stuck in Atlanta.

And while this isn't a cost for the airlines.. a lot of stores in the airport probably lost a lot of revenue. A stranded customer base has a very different purchasing volume than a regularly turned over customer base of passengers coming off flights.

Re:Happened to my wife (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42484341)

Time is money. If you delay me for an hour, then that hour is lost. Maybe I can't get to work on time and my boss pays the cost, or maybe I have to stay late at work because of it and lose my own free time. Either way, when time is wasted, it costs money.

Airport Security Officer (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483249)

Nine times out of ten it's an electric razor. But every once in a while it's a dildo. Of course, it's company policy never to imply ownership in the event of a dildo. We have to use the indefinite article, 'a dildo', never your dildo

The First Rule of Aviation Security. (-1, Redundant)

Tackhead (54550) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483253)

...is that you don't talk about Aviation Security.

Modern bombs don't tick. But when a suitcase vibrates, then the throwers gotta shut down the airport. Nine times out of ten it's a dildo, but every once in a while... it's a toothbrush. Of course it's government policy never to, imply ownership in the event of a toothbrush... always use the indefinite article - a toothbrush, never your toothbrush.

My suitcase was vibrating? (0, Redundant)

sam_vilain (33533) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483261)

Nine time out of ten, it's an electric toothbrush. But, every once in a while ... it's a dildo.

(with apologies to Fight Club)

Billions of Fricken Dollars (5, Interesting)

terbeaux (2579575) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483267)

Billions of dollars to shutdown airports for no reason. They were thrown off the tracks by Amtrak Chief of Police for trying to encroach on American's 4th amendment rights outside of their "jurisdiction". http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/06/opinion/don-phillips-tsa-vipr-teams/ [cnn.com]

I wrote to my representatives about how I feel about the TSA. You can too: https://secure.downsizedc.org/etp/tsa/ [downsizedc.org]

Re:Billions of Fricken Dollars (5, Insightful)

Darkness404 (1287218) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483435)

Of course they shut down airports for no reason whatsoever because they have no motivation NOT to because they are paid by the government, not the airlines themselves.

A worker who is hired by the airline and reports to airline management is not going to overreact because an overreaction means that the airline loses money. On the other hand a TSA agent has no reason not to shut down an entire airport. I mean, what do they have to lose? It isn't their money, they'll get paid no matter what and the airline doesn't have a say in their hiring/firing decisions.

We really need to abolish the TSA and replace it with security guards who are hired by the airline itself and security policies decided by the airline itself. Thus allowing for passengers to choose where they feel safest, be it in an airplane where all the passengers are free to carry pistols if they so choose, or in an airplane where passengers are subjected to an intensive cavity search before boarding, or anywhere in between.

Re:Billions of Fricken Dollars (1)

FalcDot (1224920) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483661)

Except that it's not only about the safety of the passengers, it's also about the safety of all the people living and working in places where terrorists might crash the plane into.

Re:Billions of Fricken Dollars (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483669)

except the moment the security hired and ran by the airline company is even slightly negligent in an attempt to save the airline money, you will come here and post this exact same post, only complaining that the airline security has to incentive for passenger safety.

It's been tried (3, Insightful)

Beryllium Sphere(tm) (193358) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483883)

Screening by airline personnel was the standard prior to 9/11. It wasn't clearly better.

Re:It's been tried (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42484027)

Thus Government's TSA _must_ be better?

The point of private screeners is that:
1) they must obey law
2) you have _options_

Re:It's been tried (4, Insightful)

jschrod (172610) | about a year and a half ago | (#42484095)

I'm not aware of any TSA screening that found any terrorist suspect. But I'm aware of thousands of lost hours due to TSA screening for all travellers. I'm also aware of lost income from tourism who don't travel to USA any more, owing to the draconian processes at immigration. AFAICS, the changed screening process have done a lot of harm, and no good.

Thus, I severely doubt hat airline personnel screening really wasn't better.

But then, I'm European and I think we should not let the terrorists win by giving up our freedom, our civil liberties and our life style, as US folks often seems to believe to be necessary. I would have liked to say that this comes from much more terrorist attacks in Europe than in USA (albeight not such a big one as 9/11) -- but that's not true, KKK terrorism caused more deaths than 9/11 much earlier.

Re:Billions of Fricken Dollars (1)

Kevin Fishburne (1296859) | about a year and a half ago | (#42484047)

Sounds great, but using the words g0vernment, ab0lish, repl@ce, all0w, fr3e, pist0ls and ch0ose in one post may get you on a list.

Re:Billions of Fricken Dollars (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42484283)

As others have said that then runs the risk of the airport not being shut down when it should because they don't want to cost the airlines money.

A better idea would be to have a reward/punishment system. If you screw up like this you get fired. But if you find a real threat and close the airport you get 25 million dollars. That way nobody would shut down an airport unless they were very sure but also if they thought there was the slightest chance it was a real threat they would make damned sure to check as it could make them very rich.

Fight Club (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483269)

Nine times out of ten its an electric razor, but every once in a while...(whispers)...it's a dildo

"Toothbrush", right ;) (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483275)

It was vibrating inside the bag, of course they called it a "toothbrush", I mean, what else could it be ... hehehe

Re:"Toothbrush", right ;) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483343)

It was vibrating inside the bag, of course they called it a "toothbrush", I mean, what else could it be ... hehehe

Apparently, it could have been a bomb. It said on the box that it was good for banging.

DILDOS... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483279)

DILDOS EVERYWHERE...

Maybe (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483365)

...it was an electric ear cleaner

What happens... (5, Insightful)

Darkness404 (1287218) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483369)

This is what happens when we let fear reign supreme. All common sense goes out the window.

Seriously, logic and common sense seem to go out of the window whenever air travel is involved. The conversation should have gone something like this:

Security Officer: Err, what's that buzzing noise

Passenger: Whoops, looks like my toothbrush turned on, I'll just turn it off

Note the distinct lack of mass panic and knee-jerk reactions.

Re:What happens... (1)

l0ungeb0y (442022) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483767)

Except that the passenger was not present -- the offending article was in a checked bag.

an electric toothbrush began vibrating inside a bag checked onto an AirTran flight

You think baggage handlers are authorized to do anything but hit the panic button?

Re:What happens... (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42484039)

If it was a bomb, do you think it wouldn't have exploded instead of vibrated? Really?

Re:What happens... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42484177)

If it was a bomb, do you think it wouldn't have exploded instead of vibrated? Really?

Yes, because every last baggage handler is an expert on any and every improvised explosive device that has been or ever will be created by idiots lucky enough to nto have blown themselves up while tinkering in their basement.

This isn't news (1, Insightful)

kwerle (39371) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483403)

Please add a TSA section so that I can ignore it.

Re:This isn't news (1)

Simpson,Homer_Jay (2666667) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483543)

and Gaming!

[ducks]

Good Vibrations (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483407)

Excuse me Madam, but I believe your carry on luggage is calling you.

Abundance of Mangina! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483463)

'out of an abundance of caution' my ass; it's an abundance of mangina! The US is turning into a nation of scared, whiny little faggots.

Who's responsible... (4, Insightful)

pongo000 (97357) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483473)

...for the hundreds of thousands of dollars it must cost to close the world's busiest airport? Is anyone held responsible? Who eats the losses? Do the good citizens of Atlanta? Or is the cost passed on to the airlines, which in turn pass them on to their customers?

Maybe this is why my $600 flight overseas this spring comes with $800 in taxes and fees...because of electric toothbrushes.

Re:Who's responsible... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42484203)

How much are we going to pay if somebody just averts their eyes and pretends there isn't a problem just to save a few bucks one time or another?

Remember that oil spill in the gulf? Did you know they could have stopped the drilling before it blew out? Why didn't they? Because that would have looked bad on the balance sheet if they were wrong.

Re:Who's responsible... (1)

jcaplan (56979) | about a year and a half ago | (#42484321)

The news report, contrary to the summary, states that part one terminal - not the whole airport - was shut down and that for only 40 minutes. The costs would be borne by the airline in terms of possible employee and fuel overtime since some planes must have been delayed.

Modern bombs don't tick... (2)

jedidiah (1196) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483493)

We never imply ownership of a toothbrush...

My experience at ATL (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483541)

Posting AC as I actually work for an airline at ATL. Worked there for the past 6 years, and maybe 3-4 times I've discovered a vibrating object in a bag. The first time a supervisor took the bag to another, private room and opened it up. The second time, it was obviously an electric razor and I was able to actually turn it off from outside the bag by pressing the button. The most recent time, I was in a bin loading the plane, it was rainy and was a quick turn, so did nothing. The passenger can always put more batteries in when they get there. In any case, at no time have I ever seen parts of the airport closed down for something like this, and vibrating bags are almost never reported anyway, because everyone knows its not going to be a bomb, and you know the person that has to open the bag and checks sure as hell doesnt want to open up a bag and find a vibrator.

That does it! (2)

CHIT2ME (2667601) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483553)

All airports should be declared "No electric toothbrush or dildo zones"!!

Both Toothbrush.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483649)

... and it's owner where shoot 38 times. Each. Only way to be sure.

Last Post (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483687)

Buzzzzz

Cost Benefit Lunacy (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483713)

We have devolved into a Country of lunatics who cannot do any kind of cost benefits analysis. It is just plain sad to see the Country go from a leader of the free world to a bunch of cowards willing to give up their freedoms for an illusion of security.

There have been more deaths in the last decade from drownings and household fires each than from terrorists. Many more people a year take their own life than died in 9/11. Nearly 15 times as many people die PER year in car accidents than died in 9/11. Approximately 3 times as many 15-34 year olds are murdered EACH year than died in 9/11.

Re:Cost Benefit Lunacy (3, Insightful)

Obfuscant (592200) | about a year and a half ago | (#42484367)

We have devolved into a Country of lunatics who cannot do any kind of cost benefits analysis.

No, we have devolved into a country of lawyers, and politicians who can do cost-benefit analysis.

If something bad happened to that plane, then the lawyers would be lining up to sue someone/anyone, and that includes ATL, the airline, and any other government deep-pockets that were in any way involved. And the politicians know how bad it would look for them to be connected to this in any way, so their cost-benefit analysis goes something like this: "I cost a lost of money to a lot of people, the benefit is 1) a lawsuit won't stick to me, and 2) I can use it as an example of how I care about the public when it comes time to be re-elected."

I think people are missing part of the story (3, Interesting)

joeflies (529536) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483721)

the toothbrush in question was found in checked luggage. The story didn't say if it was a security person who found the bag, or if it was a baggage handler or some other person who doesn't have the right to inspect the bag. It wasn't a matter of going through the security checkpoint where the passenger is sitting in front of the bag and could get the toothbrush out and explain what it is. Now whether sounds require closing down the airport, that seems like a bit of overreaction.

Dear old people: (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483723)

Bombs neither tick nor vibrate anymore (that's if they ever did)...

Re:Dear old people: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42484029)

Cell phone activators might.

O. M. Geewilikers (1)

nikorvus (2808601) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483747)

Was it a semi-automatic toothbrush?

Re:O. M. Geewilikers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483985)

fully-automatic AND operational.

This is preferable (1)

fermion (181285) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483751)

To extended security checks and porno scanners. I spend about 15 more minutes in line than before the extended security. If we extend this to all passengers, that is 150 million hours of wasted time. These little incidents are minuscule in comparison.

Furthermore, identifying and responding to these anomalies is exactly what we should be doing. With current security, all we are doing is preventing copycat terrorism. Talkin off shoes to respond to shoe bombers, naked scanner to respond to underwear bombers, no water to respond to, whatever it is responding to.

It has been repeatedly said that a group of well trained observers identifying suspicious behavior and anomalous baggage would make much better security than the current situation which is simply a jobs program created by conservatives to artificially reduce the unemployment rate.

What sort of idiot... (5, Insightful)

SmarterThanMe (1679358) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483805)

What sort of idiot bombmaker would make a bomb that vibrated, ticked or had a big freaking waste of money LED showing a countdown? It's right up there with literally having a red wire and a blue wire. The extension of this, then, is what sort of idiot "airport official" closes an airport because he saw something vibrate?

Re:What sort of idiot... (0)

OhSoLaMeow (2536022) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483997)

Alert secret service agents seized the toothbrush and wrestled it to the ground

Mooninite toothbrush (2)

linebackn (131821) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483823)

Good thing it wasn't a Mooninite toothbrush with blinking LEDs flipping them off. Then they would have had to nuke it from orbit just to be sure. Because, you know, protect teh children.

So, are we secure enough yet?

World Taken Over (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483851)

The world was taken over by an electronic toothbrush!

Misleading headline, airport wasn't shut down (5, Informative)

DanTheManMS (1039636) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483899)

If you read the full article (I know, I know, it's Slashdot) you'll find that only a portion of one of the two baggage claim areas was shut down from foot traffic, as well as the MARTA entrance near it, for about half an hour. Not even a full terminal was shut down, and certainly not the entire airport.

Talk about exaggerating the truth, jeez.

Re:Misleading headline, airport wasn't shut down (3, Informative)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about a year and a half ago | (#42484131)

Well, in defense of the summary, is does say the terminal, and by inference it is referencing the Air Tran terminal. Hartsfield-Jackson has 3 terminals: South (Delta and affiliates), North (everything else), and now the International terminal. The terminals are where you have check-in and baggage claim. It has 6 concourses, which is where the flights are. Air Tran uses the southern half of C and D concourses (C is split with Southwest, who of course now owns Air Tran). So, if you know the airport layout and terminology, you could figure out what ares were or would be closed and what wouldn't, technically making the summary correct. The headline, however, should say "part of world's busiest airport".

Re:Misleading headline, airport wasn't shut down (1)

DanTheManMS (1039636) | about a year and a half ago | (#42484195)

Ah, you're right. In my mind I had "terminal" and "concourse" combined into the same term. I thought the summary was saying they shut down, say, Concourse C entirely.

what news? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483901)

Why is there such a thing as "Action News"? What does that mean? Is there something like "no-action news"?

1000 Airport Evacuations (2)

kawabago (551139) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483993)

Zero terrorist plots foiled.

Terror (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42484143)

Terror spread by terrorists invades US airports. Terrorists officially won. GG.

Possible Terrorist Attack Vector (1)

James McGuigan (852772) | about a year and a half ago | (#42484145)

Could this not in of itself be used as a possible terrorist attack vector.

Load a vibrating toothbrush (or dildo), with a timer switch, into the checked in luggage of at airports across the US. While the devices themselves are perfectly harmless, you could effectively shut down the entire US air transportation network for hours, and cause massive secondary economic damage (due to missed flights and delayed schedules).

You don't even need to buy plane tickets, just sneak a time delayed dildo into unsuspecting passenger luggage, or even just a series of airmail packages sent across the nation. The attack could be repeated almost indefinitely, at random intervals, and would be difficult to detect via the TSA X-Ray scanners.

This would not even be technically illegal (the plane, the airport and the passengers where never in any real danger)... though the killjoy TSA may eventually respond by explicitly adding dildos (and toothbrushes) to the no-fly list of forbidden objects

'an abundance of caution' (3, Interesting)

John Hasler (414242) | about a year and a half ago | (#42484169)

A euphemism for panic. These people are cowards.

They just did not want to say. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42484201)

Did you see the size of that dildo It was so big it fucked the whole airport.

My stupid story (2)

EmperorOfCanada (1332175) | about a year and a half ago | (#42484205)

I can not cast stones at these people as I recently arrived home from a trip to find that there was a horrible buzzing noise in my house. I could hear the noise from the front door and thought it might be the furnace; no joy. Maybe the fridge, nyet. Oh no my computer, nope. But no matter where I went it was of roughly even volume. Then as I took off my backpack I realized it was my electric toothbrush buzzing in the backpack. So my little lesson is that you hear the sound you are expecting. In a airport the paranoid are expecting bombs and so they hear bombs.

You Gotta Watch Out For Those Toothbrushes! (1)

Greyfox (87712) | about a year and a half ago | (#42484227)

Someone could have killed a whole lot of gingivitis!

Funnily enough I taught myself lock picking with the sole intent of breaking into my manager's car on the day of a business trip and adding a stainless steel revenge dildo to his luggage. Never did get a chance to do that. I'm pretty sure 4 D cells would keep it vibrating for hours, plenty long enough for him to get into airport security...

Yeah... I'm a bad person.

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