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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Upcoming Airline Security Project: The Anti-Hijacking Safety Bracelet

With the controversy over the use of tasers still being hashed out in the media and public, a new device is being created by a company called Lamperd, that uses the same technology that is used in tasers, as a bracelet, to be worn on planes.
Electro-Muscular Disruption Technology (EMDT) has been used by law enforcement officials in the form of tasers, and not without controversy, especially when there has been a death to someone after having been tasered by police or law enforcement authorities.

EMDT devices use a high-voltage, low power charge of electricity to induce involuntary muscle contractions that cause temporary incapacitation.

Lamperd FTS has announced and even created a video (seen at YouTube and below) to show how the development of a new project they are working on.

The EMD Safety Bracelet is being created by Lamperd with intention of an Airline Security Project, and according to their promotional video, which uses footage of the 9/11 attacks on the word trade center in their beginning scenes, their project is in response to the billions of dollars being spent on airport security.

The video goes on to point out the systems already being worked on to improve security, then they show how critics say those measures won't wok effectively.

They lead into their idea by saying "no matter how sophisticated the technology is, the technology is only as good as the people using it".

They assert that once terrorists have boarded a flight, the pilots and crew are "the last line of defense," and how an Air Marshall could inadvertently cause more damage when shooting at a suspect by puncturing a hole in the plane or shooting a passenger by mistake, and the video gives illustrations of this happening.

Then comes the question and the point of the whole video, about 3 minutes and seven seconds into it, where they ask, "Is there a solution?"

YES!! There is, they say.

It starts when a passenger purchases a ticket, saying they can also be fitted with an Electronic ID Bracelet, that they will wear until they disembark the flight at their destination.

The promotional video claims this would make traveling much more convenient for the public, and replace the need to carry a ticket because it would contain all pertinent passenger information. This bracelet would also allow for tracking a person through the airport terminal, including the passenger's carry on luggage which would also be coded like the bracelet.

(An illustration used in Lamperd's promotional video which shows how these devices could be activated by an airline crew member to render someone immobile.)

Then comes the kicker and the main purpose of the bracelet, it would also be equipped with an Electro-Muscular Disruption technology, which would allow crew members, using radio frequency transmitters, to "quickly and effectively subdue hijackers", by overriding the attackers nervous system rendering them completely immobile for several minutes.

Everyone feeling safer?

This video, according to the Lamperd website has already received 30,000 views.

With the raging controversy about law enforcement officials using Electro-Muscular Disruption Technology, via tasers, and questions of those devices being used inappropriately because of a lack of proper training about when and how to use them, is this idea going to cause further controversy by even suggesting that those not in the law enforcement field, be given that type of power.

Would it only be used against terrorists? How about unruly passengers or those that get a little drunk and loud?

Would individual airlines even consider the use of these devices and would any government across the world even consider letting them?

What do you think?

H/T Wired.