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S&M airlines?

Homeland Security official considering ‘shock’ bracelets for domestic travellers.

Is this a hoax? It sounds like satire, but it reads as serious:

the bracelet would be worn by all airline passengers (video also shown below).

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, 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 would shock the customer worse than an electronic dog collar if the passenger got out of line.

Just awesome. You can’t make this kind of stuff up.

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5 thoughts on “S&M airlines?

  1. Does this mean that the flight attendants will start dressing in dominatrix gear? Although, to tell the truth, being treated like this would be a step up for Air Canada…

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  2. WTF?! let me guess… for those passengers travelling ‘coach’ only. wouldn’t want to offend the elite travelling first class.

    Do the airline boards of directors hold work shops on ‘how do we make the air travel experience more humiliating and uncomfortable and STILL get the human cattle to pay us exhorbitant fees’? Or is it ‘lets see what we can force those idiots to do now’?

    Why not make it shock collars instead? or even better: install electrodes into the seats at just about the place where a human being’s genitalia would be located if seated?

    “A bunch of mindless jerks who will be the first ones against the wall when the Revolution comes…” ~ Douglas Adams

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  3. Thundering Fucking Christ, is there anything competent, or even vaguely human about that government? If this isn’t a hoax the uproar it’ll create will make them declare it to be one when they pull back into their shell of paranoia and fear-mongering. In fact, I predict that the bureuocrats that think fitting law-abiding citizens with a pain inducing restraint device because of what they might do will likely find the term “sacrifcial lamb” pencilled into his job description. They can’t all be crazy, can they?

    On a completely different tone, Dan’s post gives me an idea. With the right marketing an airline using this technology could have a rather devoted clientele for “special” flights. It’ll probably get a lot of Homeland Security types. I suspect that they like that sort of thing in their private lives anyway.

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  4. This thing is made by a Canadian company, Lamperd Less Lethal Inc in Sarnia Ont. I’m fucking appalled. Although I don’t know why I would be. We’re as capable as any nation at creating corporate bastards willing to make a buck or two from tradgedy and fear. We don’t need elections so much as we need a revolution. I recommend that anyone reading this go to the company website and tell them what you think of this product. Maybe we can drive some of them to despair. This thought makes me happy.

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  5. The fact that this piece of shit is a human rights travesty and that it will cause thinking human beings to say “fuck it, I’m not flying anymore”, it won’t work. Say I’m the infamous terrorist, Kevvy al-Asam. I pull out my knife (which I can apparently still get onboard, according to the video), and what’s the first thing I do? Cut or tear the fucking doohickey off my wrist. What are they going to do – keep my luggage, because “information relating to the luggage location is conveniently stored in the database”?

    Fucking tools.

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