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Thread: Backpacks, just say no?

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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaius46 View Post
    The NYPD and TSA do bag inspections at certain train stations. Since it isn't all train stations even an idiot terrorist, and most of them aren't rocket scientists, can figure out that just walking a couple blocks will get them to a station that doesn't have a police presence. In short bag inspections are next to useless.
    I wouldn't be bragging about NYC.

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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anti-Party View Post
    That date was determined by someone?

    I've been paranoid in shoulder to shoulder crowds for a while now. Mostly because certain Americans think we should be "free" to do what most people know are risky. Certain people are trying to take "freedom" to an Anarchist level.
    Well, after someone used them in a high profile bombing, I dare say they will not go unnoticed. Having lived in a big city I can say I have seen people carry so many odd assortments of things in public, on the subway, etc, that it all becomes not out of place.

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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    We could issue licenses for backpacks. You must present ID, have a criminal background check and pay a modest fee, like $35.00 and you would get a permit with an ID number that you could sew onto the pack. At public events, scanners could verify that the pack and the pack registered owner match up. Basically a modified license plate scanner paired with facial recognition software.

    The bonus is nobody will steal your backpack if you leave it on the ground somewhere. The backpack data can be linked to the missing persons registry and aid in locating the missing you.
    Sounds complicated and expensive.

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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    It's very simple: You set up a perimeter around the start and the finish lines (which is where people congregate) and search the bags of people who enter the perimeter

    It's what they do at other sporting events and concerts, etc.
    Because you just can't live without your backpack?

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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaius46 View Post
    Concentrating on tactics is a losing proposition. Ban backpacks and they'll simply find another method.
    As of now backpacks are the only thing big enough to carry a simple home made bomb.

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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by Excon View Post
    Utterly absurd suggestion.

    Backpacks have far greater use than just for hiking.
    They are made for carrying things.
    Whether that be to a sporting event or to take a persons shopping home, or shoes and clothing to work, they serve a far greater purpose than for just hiking.



    Searching a persons personal property is not common sense, but a violation.
    How oh how did my generation ever get along without backpacks?

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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    In a big city with public transport so you cant carry your stuff in a car, yes a back pack is very important.
    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Because you just can't live without your backpack?
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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by Moot View Post
    Nobody was carrying the backpacks in question when the bombs exploded. So I guess we can rule out that it wasn't a suicide bomber or a backwoods backpacker from Idaho. Btw, aren't suicide attacks one of Al-Qaeda's trademarks? If so, then it probably wasn't Al Qaeda.

    Anyway, the news has been reporting that one of the backpacks sat there in plain view for over an hour before it went off (see photo).



    However, that backpack doesn't look very black like the one they're now showing torn to pieces.....



    Was the news jumping to conclusions.....again? Kinda looks like it.

    The fact that no one noticed unattended backpack(s) suggests that Sen. Mitch McConnell was right, American's have become complacent.
    Security has become complacent on backpacks as the quote in the OP points out. Hard to tell by your post what your opinion is on backpacks.

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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    Oh I get it...kid shoots and kills other kids with assault (style) weapon, and "we" want to ban assault (style) weapons..

    Backpacks (maybe) used to transport explosives....lets ban backpacks...

    I see what you're doing there.....
    Not what I set out to do but an excellent point.

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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    My home away from home is Disney World. Post 9/11/01 they stop every guest and search their bags, usually ladies who carry handbags. It's an annoyance and IMHO an intrusive invasion of privacy but I understand people are just doing their jobs. Recently I asked a bag searcher in the years they've been digging through people's bags have he'd ever found anything dangerous. He smiled and shook his head no.

    I realize the world isn't as safe a place as we'd like but in my humble opinion there are a lot more effective things we can and should do to promote safety than banning backpacks, searching handbags and fondling children and little old ladies and airports.
    Maybe they never found anything because people know the backpacks will be searched.

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