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Report: Terrorists planned to use iPod as detonator

According to CNN, terrorists planned to use iPods to help blow up airliners heading to the U.S. from the U.K. The plotters reportedly were to carry a “British version of Gatorade,” mix it with a gel-like substance to make an explosive, and detonate it with an iPod or cell phone. As is being widely reported today, British authorities arrested two dozen suspects overnight to thwart a massive plot to bring down as many as 10 flights bound for New York, Washington and California. In the U.S., liquids and gels of any kind (except baby formula and medicines) have been banned in carry-on baggage for the time being. Meanwhile, the U.K. has temporarily banned all liquids as well as electronics such as laptops, cell phones and iPods.

Update: While the front page of CNN.com continues to refer to the possible detonating devices as an “iPod or cell phone,” CNN’s latest story on today’s threat refers to only “MP3 players.”

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1

theres the end of iPods on airplanes.  at least for a while, i guess.

Posted by phillip Deal on August 10, 2006 at 3:30 PM (CDT)

2

Ok, wait one dod-gammed minit….

iPods don’t transmit like cell phones do.  They would’ve had to have modified an iPod for it to do that which is possible, assumedly.  But I’d bet that it was prolly an MP3 cell phone and since the word iPod is ubiquitious with MP3 player, people run with that.  Cell phones can trigger bombs easily.

Ah, the media…

Posted by Armie on August 10, 2006 at 3:46 PM (CDT)

3

Only terrorists can bring down the mighty iPod…and leave it to them to try.  (Shaking fist angerily…)

Posted by Jamesus on August 10, 2006 at 4:09 PM (CDT)

4

First, no liquids. Now, no iPods. What’s next, no people?

Posted by Devil Neville on August 10, 2006 at 4:16 PM (CDT)

5

Now they will ban all MP3 players in carry-on baggage, and TSA will have a field day stealing them all from checked baggage.

Posted by redsoxnation on August 10, 2006 at 4:25 PM (CDT)

6

Thanks England. You really saved our butts on this one. <<

Still, no iPods is gonna be hell for me. I’m going to england this christmas. ><

Posted by Robert on August 10, 2006 at 4:37 PM (CDT)

7

What’s next? Signage like “No clothing beyond this checkpoint.”

Posted by Godiva on August 10, 2006 at 4:57 PM (CDT)

8

I’ve been emailing homeland security about this for months now. When are they gonna get it through their thick heads that allowing people on international flights is just asking for trouble.

Posted by steve on August 10, 2006 at 4:57 PM (CDT)

9

damn, I better not take a gatorade with me on the next flight I take with my ipod.

ipod + electrolyte drink=cavity search

Posted by shitson on August 10, 2006 at 5:04 PM (CDT)

10

There is no way on earth an ipod can trigger an explosive. This is pure crap. A cell phone can do that (thanks Holly Berry).

This is just another way to control us. No ipod on a 12 hr flight. Watch their crappy 3 inch video screen and listen to corporate music, picked for you..

Hollywood is trying to control the world not terrorists.
Watch the theft rate go up on airlines baggage.

Whats next..No planes..

JHTDC

Posted by mango on August 10, 2006 at 5:52 PM (CDT)

11

Apparently only an iPod MP3 player can do this…The new player coming out from Microsoft will be terrorist proof! :-)

Posted by mandingo on August 10, 2006 at 5:59 PM (CDT)

12

Nooooooooooo!  No more ipod or PSP on my businees trips!  Darn terrorists, back to in-flight movies and contemplating cyanide pills for me.

Posted by JinKazama on August 10, 2006 at 6:05 PM (CDT)

13

Things you can say that will now get you into trouble at the airport:

“Man, my cellphone is blowin’ up!”

“Yo, this song on my iPod is da BOMB!”

“Hey, what are you listening to?”
“The new album from Explosions in the Sky.”

Posted by PushButtonAction in Atlanta, GA on August 10, 2006 at 6:20 PM (CDT)

14

@PushButtonAction

Pretty funny

Posted by Jonathan Keim on August 10, 2006 at 6:28 PM (CDT)

15

I think they should just completely ban carry on luggage for the sake of national security.  Maybe more…

Posted by MasterCheif on August 10, 2006 at 6:48 PM (CDT)

16

wow, i’m impresses someone on here actually knows Explosions in the Sky.  in all seriousness? are u.s. airport not allowing ipos in flights now? im set for a flight from detroit to fort worth, then from fort worth to silao mexico on monday…

Posted by Canadapostrock on August 10, 2006 at 6:57 PM (CDT)

17

Well, I don’t think the media is twisting anything.  I doubt they literally think that mixing gatorade and hair gel into a jar,  dipping an iPod cable into it and hitting play would make a bomb.  I think the gatorade was used as a disguise for the real substance being carried.  In that same way the iPod’s case would be used to hide the true trigger.  They probably just gutted everything and had a wire hidden like a earphone wire sticking out.

Posted by df57 on August 10, 2006 at 7:03 PM (CDT)

18

Apparently the liquid explosive in question does not need an electrical source to set it off - once the component parts are mixed just banging the container against a surface will set it off….

Posted by Bob Levens in UK on August 10, 2006 at 7:09 PM (CDT)

19

Are you guys seriously assuming the media’s saying they were trying to blow up planes with an untampered iPod/mp3 player? If you know what you’re doing, I’d imagine it’s not THAT difficult to rip the guts out of an iPod (or cell phone, any mp3 player, CD player, laptop, etc.) and replace it with some type of nefarious contents.

Frankly, I’m surprised they didn’t ban all electronics before someone tried to get away with it.

Posted by WearyTraveller on August 10, 2006 at 7:13 PM (CDT)

20

This is a f***in’ outrage…By 2010, I bet we’ll all be naked on our flights. This is the last straw, really. Now i’m REALLY REALLY pissed off at Osama Bin Loser the stupid prick of a terrorist. I don’t mind the 9/11 attacks, the killing of Canadian troops..but no IPODS??!!! Man, i’m gonna blow that f***er’s head off.

Posted by Kal Varnsen on August 10, 2006 at 7:41 PM (CDT)

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