Oh what fun it is to fly
July 7, 2008 1 Comment
Thank you Consumerist:
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.
That made my eye twitch. and then on April 18, 2008, Wired reports:
This is the worst air travel security idea I’ve heard of in a long time.
A Canadian company called Lamperd Less Lethal is promoting the EMD Safety Bracelet. It’s equipped with electro muscular disruption technology, which effectively short-circuits the central nervous system. Zap someone and they’ll be completely immobile for several minutes.
The technology isn’t new — cops and security guards have been using it for years in tasers. What’s new is the marketing approach. Lamperd is hawking the EMD bracelet as the ideal tool for fighting terrorists intent on taking over an airplane.
And they’re doing so with a blatantly exploitive promotional video.
The video starts with unnecessary footage of 9/11, mugshots of terrorists and a deep-voiced, somber narrator explaining that current airport security equipment doesn’t work.
Do you want the lush in 36D getting his hands on what is essentially a bracelet-mounted stun gun?
um. No, but thanks for the hard sell.