It looks like airport security might have to get frisky with air-travelers as terrorists invent a new way to hide explosives. According to “terrorism experts,” radical Islamist plastic surgeons in Pakistan are performing breast enhancement surgery on female suicide bombers, the bombs hidden within the breasts. And in the popular TV drama Nip/Tuck, an episode even portrayed heroin being smuggled in breast implants… what will be next???
The worry amongst airport security is that standard airport technology is inadequate to detect these bombs. The chemical employed to create the explosion (called pentaerythritol tetranitrate) is one of the most potent explosives known to man— about half a soda can of the stuff packed into some insane woman’s chest is more than enough to put a damper on your trip to the Bahamas.
The chemical bombs may be detectable by more sophisticated measures, such as full-body scanners capable of detecting a relatively small amount of explosives. Most airports however, do not use such machines as they are expensive and considered by some to be personally invasive.
For so long has rock and roll lamented the evils and torment women bestow upon man, but when ELO released “Evil Woman” in 1975, it is unlikely they had visions of women carrying explosives in their breasts.
But it’s not only breasts! Hypothetically, this explosive could be implanted almost anywhere in the body and in 2009, there were at least two cases of men hiding bombs of this type in their pants or in their rectum in order to achieve terrorist ends.