September 29, 2010
Oh Yeah, Totally Inert

A box of "inert military-grade land mines" nearly managed to get itself on a passenger flight. An El Al passenger flight, no less. Thing is, if they really were inert, why did the explosives detector go off at all? Something's definitely fishy, or perhaps explode-y, about this one.

Posted by scott at September 29, 2010 06:40 AM

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Could be that the detector looks for specific shapes or densities of materials and that's what triggered it. Could also be that if they're manufactured in the same area they still have some chemical residues that'd be picked up by the detectors - or that they've got some sort of flash-bang component that goes off (for training purposes).

Who knows. Kind of cool that the detector actually worked.

Posted by: Ron ap Rhys on September 29, 2010 08:40 AM

Could be inert because they did not have fuses. Claymores frex have blasting caps that must be inserted before use. Explosives need more than a little tap to go off.

Posted by: walt moffett on September 29, 2010 09:21 AM

Per TFA, no explosives in the mines.

Though it'd be funny if the crate had a "FRONT TOWARD ENEMY" stenciled on it.

Posted by: Ron ap Rhys on September 29, 2010 12:18 PM
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