March 13, 2016
"Bomb-sniffing dog discovers 2 Hellfire missiles bound for Portland". As in my Portland, the city in whose suburbs I live.
Marvelous. Were there others, shipped by other routes, which didn't get detected?
"You appear to have dropped a missile, sir; is this yours?"
Posted by: Ben at March 13, 2016 09:01 PM (DRaH+)
Posted by: StargazerA5 at March 14, 2016 11:00 AM (5YSpE)
I can see the dedicated TSA agents now:
Agent 1: "Woah! Check this out!"
Agent 2: "It had better be a bomb; we have too many packages to check."
Agent 1: "It's a Hellfire Missile!"
Agent 2: "Bad dog!"
Agent 1: "But he found a missile! He's a good boy!"
Agent 2: "He's a bomb-sniffing dog. It's not a bomb. Let's keep moving."
Agent 1: "But it's a dangerous item!"
Agent 2: "Orders are to look for bombs. This is a propelled weapon; ergo, it isn't a bomb, now, is it? You're new, you'll get used to it..."
Posted by: Civilis at March 14, 2016 12:07 PM (UkqiM)
I was reading about this somewhere else, and it got pointed out that a Hellfire isn't "man portable". It is in fact pretty complicated to launch. For one thing it requires a significant avionics package on the launch vehicle to designate a target.
It's not an ideal terrorist weapon. About the only thing a terrorist could do is disassemble it enough to get the warhead out and use that as a bomb -- but if that was the intention, why not do that before it got shipped?
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 14, 2016 12:14 PM (+rSRq)
Update at your link: they're warhead-less training missiles that the Lebanese army was returning to their manufacturer (in Portland, Maine).
And, according to the comments, "paperwork was provided", so it may just be that Serbia's TSA is as good as ours...
Posted by: Mikeski at March 14, 2016 04:13 PM (LIUK5)
If there was no warhead, how did the dog spot them? It was sniffing for explosives.
Sounds like a fuckup all around.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 14, 2016 05:12 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: David at March 14, 2016 05:30 PM (+TPAa)
Posted by: ubu at March 14, 2016 08:46 PM (GfCSm)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 14, 2016 09:20 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Boviate at March 15, 2016 02:33 PM (XRvFv)
Posted by: ubu at March 15, 2016 03:33 PM (GfCSm)
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