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I think the next shoe bomber can light the fuse with a match just fine, you dumb*sses

Byron Dorgan (D-ND) thinks the limited synapse-firing Richard Reid wouldn’t have been able to light up his footwear fuse if he only had access to matches.

From the brains-in-their-keisters dept: The U.S. government has finally decided to close one of the many laughable post-9/11 security holes — the ability for passengers to carry butane lighters on the plane. One problem though — you can still carry books of MATCHES. (Reuters):

The U.S. government will ban cigarette lighters on planes beginning in April but passengers can still tote common matches in carry-on bags for now, security officials said on Monday.

The Transportation Security Administration, responding to a congressional order, said passengers cannot carry butane, battery powered or other lighters on themselves or in carry-on bags after April 14. “By creating a policy to add lighters to the prohibited items, we are closing a potential vulnerability in air travel security,” said David Stone, administrator of the security agency.

Wooden matches that can be struck on a hard surface are already banned but passengers will still be allowed to pack up to four matchbooks inside carry-on luggage, security officials said. Proponents, including Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, said it was necessary to reduce the chance that someone could ignite a bomb or incendiary device on a commercial flight.

Dorgan says “shoebomber” Richard Reid may have succeeded in blowing up a passenger plane on a trans-Atlantic flight in 2001 had he used a lighter instead of common matches to set off explosives hidden in his shoe. Reid was sentenced to life in prison in 2003.

No, Dorgan, Reid would have succeeded if the mouth-breather had enough brains to just go into the bathroom to light the fuse.

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