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« on: July 08, 2008, 03:22:57 AM »

I REALLY can't make this kind of stuff up:

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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, as it’s referred to as, would be worn by every traveler “until they disembark the flight at their destination.”  Yes, you read that correctly. Every airline passenger would be tracked by a government-funded GPS, containing personal, private and confidential information, and that it would shock the customer worse than an electronic dog collar if he/she got out of line?

Uh... Okay, I'm just speechless.
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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2008, 03:54:51 AM »

I’ve never been on a plane…this isn’t helping my chances.
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« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2008, 04:04:52 AM »

It will cut down on air travel therefore saving gas. Win Win!

The threat of anyone trying to take over a airplane is now moot since 911. Most passengers know that there is no more little divertion of their flight that they think they can survive.
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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2008, 04:10:18 AM »

Once we get used to wearing the bracelets on planes we can try it in other places: post offices (no more going postal), bus stations, trains, any government building, the possibilities are endless.
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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2008, 04:15:10 AM »

They should just add the shocking ability to the new ID's that states are issuing that already have all the other stuff.

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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2008, 06:12:06 AM »

uh, yeah, no thanks.
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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2008, 11:12:02 AM »

Then all you need to do to hijack a plane is get a device that triggers everyone else's bracelet. slywink
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« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2008, 11:32:51 AM »

We actually do need these, just on our elected officials.

Just Imagine: "Uh oh Mayor, by your bracelet's readout I can see your insta-approval ratings are dipping down again - don't ever forget that when they drop to <35% approval, the 'insta-bake' feature triggers - you better think twice about putting your cousin on the payroll..."
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« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2008, 02:54:10 PM »

what will they do if a passenger has no arms?
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« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2008, 03:02:44 PM »

The purpose of the Dept of Homeland Security is to maximize security. One expects such enthusiasm from them as they work their way up to immobilizing air passengers in sealed pods: The ultimate in safety and efficiency! Fortunately, the Dept of Civil Rights was established to rein in such nonsense.

Wait. There's no Dept of Civil Rights?

Hmmm. I need to rethink this post.
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« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2008, 03:29:16 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on July 08, 2008, 02:54:10 PM

what will they do if a passenger has no arms?

Females will wear it on their ankle.

Males, however...

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« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2008, 03:51:34 PM »

I'm not a fan of infringing on civil liberties, but I've had different feelings when it comes to flying a plane.  You are giving up a lot of you what you would call "rights" when you allow yourself into a contract to get on a plane, IMO.  I also don't think unreasonable for a plane to charge you by weight or size.

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the government mandating bracelets.  That sits uneasy but I can easily see them making the avenue available to airlines.
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« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2008, 05:26:46 PM »

Obviously this will never happen.  However, I'm not sure I would mind it if it would do away with the stupid unnecessary and overly burdensome security procedures currently in place.
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« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2008, 07:29:44 PM »

Quote from: LordMortis on July 08, 2008, 03:51:34 PM

I'm not a fan of infringing on civil liberties, but I've had different feelings when it comes to flying a plane.  You are giving up a lot of you what you would call "rights" when you allow yourself into a contract to get on a plane, IMO.  I also don't think unreasonable for a plane to charge you by weight or size.

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the government mandating bracelets.  That sits uneasy but I can easily see them making the avenue available to airlines.

Actually, you are in favor of infringing civil liberties.  You're just trying to justify it.

Personally, I'm not in favor of letting private companies torture civilians.  I can see the first time one of these goes off on a pacemaker...
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« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2008, 08:31:29 PM »

Quote from: Blackadar on July 11, 2008, 07:29:44 PM

Quote from: LordMortis on July 08, 2008, 03:51:34 PM

I'm not a fan of infringing on civil liberties, but I've had different feelings when it comes to flying a plane.  You are giving up a lot of you what you would call "rights" when you allow yourself into a contract to get on a plane, IMO.  I also don't think unreasonable for a plane to charge you by weight or size.

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the government mandating bracelets.  That sits uneasy but I can easily see them making the avenue available to airlines.

Actually, you are in favor of infringing civil liberties.  You're just trying to justify it.

Personally, I'm not in favor of letting private companies torture civilians.  I can see the first time one of these goes off on a pacemaker...

+1. My wife has a pacer/defibrillator and were one to go off on her, she'd likely die.
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« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2008, 07:30:26 PM »

Quote from: Blackadar on July 11, 2008, 07:29:44 PM

Personally, I'm not in favor of letting private companies torture civilians.  I can see the first time one of these goes off on a pacemaker...
Oh, come on! Blackwater has done an exceptional job in Iraq. What could possibly go wrong if we let a private company look after our safety?
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