Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Possibility - could terrorists use pressure difference to explode something in the cargo hold of a plane

I wondered about this dangerous possibility when the other day I saw this message on the box of a deodorant I received from Amazon - "DO NOT SHIP BY AIR".

Could terrorists improvise some sort of explosive that works by exploiting the pressure difference between the interior of the improvised device [high pressure] and the outside atmosphere [low pressure]? Can this explosion be strong enough to damage, and thus bring down a commercial airliner? This concern is especially important considering a lot of things - deodorants included - are allowed in the checked baggage.

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