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Old 9th Feb 2010, 02:20
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No Joking Matter

Obviously the message still hasn't got to some people.

An Australian man's joke about a bomb in his luggage turned sour at a New Zealand airport.
The 44-year-old from Sydney faces charges of breaching the Aviation Act after his attempt at humour sparked a security alert today at Hamilton Airport, south of Auckland.
Airport staff had asked him why he had wandered away from his luggage and he told them there was a ticking bomb in one of his bags.
Realising his attempt at humour had backfired, he told the security officers that he was only joking.
Police said that the arrest was a reminder of how seriously security around airports was taken.
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Old 9th Feb 2010, 08:28
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Remember - You can't say "bomb" on an aeroplane...

"Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb ba bomb!" (to the words of Barbara Ann by the Beach Boys)

God help us.
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Old 9th Feb 2010, 08:57
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have him watch as the army bomb disposal team blows his bags to smithereens, and then bill him for the cost, then ban him from flying, nice long 4 day boat ride home, then see how funny he finds it
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Old 9th Feb 2010, 09:47
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Let's see if he makes any jokes about cavity searches next?
What I love about these warbs is that they always think they're the first person to have ever thought of the joke before, despite the last original cavity search/ticking bomb /cash declaration/quarantine/criminal requirement to enter Australia jokes having been done at the dawn of international aviation in about 1925 and endlessly repeated ever since.

If they could just be arrested for being bozos rather than 'security' reasons that disrupt a whole airport's day I wouldn't have a problem with it. Maybe being forced to cycle to all future destinations wearing a 'truckies are wusses' sandwich board would discourage them.
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Typical, its a Sydney person!
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Old 9th Feb 2010, 10:26
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Well said, Eclan. Give the bloke a smack on the wrist. Jail? Ridiculous.
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Old 9th Feb 2010, 10:26
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Sydney Person?

What, you mean it was a K1W1 after all?
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Old 9th Feb 2010, 12:20
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I have to say it is wonderful that our security (here, abroad anywhere) continues to have the ability to arrest the hapless idiots who make jokes.


Its just a pity they can't arrest the terrorists.


Maybe if they devoted their time to the important stuff things would be different.
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Old 9th Feb 2010, 12:50
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Its just a pity they can't arrest the terrorists.
Which terrorists in Australia? What terrorist attack on our home soil are you referring to? As far as I'm aware there has been only one successful terrorist attack in this country since the eighties (on an off shore Australian embassy) and only a couple of attempts before then. While successful, the Bali bombing was not on Australian soil.

Idiots who make jokes are just a useful stats building resource. Fear of terrorism is a different matter; emotive, media driven and impossible to mitigate. Maybe the would be terrorists have already been arrested, maybe they never existed. Either way, we have had no terrorist attacks, so criticizing the national security organizations for not arresting terrorists seems a little unfair.
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Old 9th Feb 2010, 13:29
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Taking these guys to court is just a waste of taxpayer money. By all means boot 'em off the flight, so they do their dough. Same goes for drunks. Send them home. If bogans play up in a pub, the bouncers boot 'em out. Entry fee blown, punishment enough. But beyond that, airport security goons should take comfort that there may actually be some below them in the gene pool. Having doled out summary justice - let it go. A real terrorist won't be joking about bombs fer chrissake.
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Old 9th Feb 2010, 18:42
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The subject has to be taken seriously since a mentally ill person could attempt to bring a bomb on board while at the same time confessing to it. It's a form of "crying for help", like certain unsuccessful suicide attempts.
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Which terrorists in Australia? What terrorist attack on our home soil are you referring to?
Worrals in the wilds,How about the Hilton bombing in Sydney?
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She, actually . Lower Lobe, that's why I specifically used the eighties. It's also endlessly arguable whether the Hilton bombing was a terrorist attack. The offenders were never caught and no-one claimed responsibility for it, which is unusual with acts of terrorism as the whole idea is to publicise your cause and make people scared. There was actually a successful letter bomber in the eighties (Colin Dunstan), but he was an ex-ATO employee with a grudge rather than a member of a terrorist organization.

Much as bomb jokers annoy me I don't know that charging them actally achieves much. As Biscuit Chucker says, there's no shortage of idiots, and several prosecutions don't seem to have stemmed the tide. I like Mach E Avelli's solution, which Ansett used to do even pre 9/11.
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Old 10th Feb 2010, 01:06
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Worrals....
Although no single group claimed responsibility for the Hilton bombing it did achieve one aim of creating terror....plain and simple.

However,I agree that if a simpleton chooses to do something as is the topic of this thread then creating work for legal teams and then putting up with the cost of housing this person is too much...

As has been suggested simply blacklisting them from air travel in Australia for a set period of say 50 years with no refund for their money spent would probably be sufficient....

Perhaps also tattooing "I'm an idiot" on their forehead would also help.
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Old 10th Feb 2010, 01:58
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Yesterday I was stopped from taking a Coffee through security as it posed a security risk........... Seemingly because the coffee is not in a sealed container, yet other people drinking a fizzy drink with a lid on were allowed.
Whilst making bomb remarks is so Passe, I can't help but identify with the frustration felt and idiocy dished out by the Security staff.
Lets face it, the people who make these inane rules and regulations have waited a long time to feel important.

Smile and wave..Just smile and wave
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Old 10th Feb 2010, 02:18
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Baaaa............ Baaaaa. Look at all the silly little sheep.
How many Bombs have been intercepted while while being attempted to be loaded onto aircraft in Australia?. Probably the same amount as terrorists weeded out of the aviation game by the ASIC process.
Have you ever thought the guy was being sarcastic to the "dumb as dogshit" security people?. they are absolute clowns with some sort of authority trip happening in their own small minds. Many experiences by many people will attest to this.
The risk of a terrorist act on Australian aircraft in Australia is so small as to be an acceptable risk, and of almost no consequence.
This just goes along with the whole suite of useless security measures forced upon us by a knee jerk reactionary government and hyped up by the media for stuffing on slow news days, that is gobbled up by the general public sheep that know no better.
Wake up you mob of sheep.
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Old 10th Feb 2010, 03:41
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The risk of a terrorist act on Australian aircraft in Australia is so small as to be an acceptable risk, and of almost no consequence.
It's very reassuring to know that security experts are reading and posting on PPRuNe...

I feel safer already......
How many Bombs have been intercepted while while being attempted to be loaded onto aircraft in Australia?.
How many bombs were used in 9/11?

So Wizard,you are suggesting we do nothing instead ?

As I said before the reason we have the security operatorsl we have is because we pay peanuts.
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Its just a pity they can't arrest the terrorists.
Which terrorists in Australia?
Thats my point!

We havent caught any yet!....we do catch a lot of jokers though don't we?
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So Wizard of Auz you just let anyone that says they jokingly say they have a bomb in their bag on the aircraft do you? Maybe we should ask the other passengers if they still want to fly with this person onboard and see if the flight still leaves with them on it. As for the comment that no bombs have been found in the screening process I doubt that this information would be made public anyway and as the fact is that none have made there way on to any aircraft it must mean that the job must be getting done right by the security on the ground. Bazza
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Old 10th Feb 2010, 09:17
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Sorry blueloo, I see what you mean.
I thought you were saying that the nation was neck deep in unarrested terrorists because the relevant authorities were running around after loud mouthed bozos instead.
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