I don't claim to be Einstein, but…

But labeling a box “IED” might not be the best idea at a major airport.  I found this box at a Delta counter in Minneapolis / St. Paul airport.  Is this for real or was some over caffeinated misanthrope of an employee trying to mess with travelers?   I wonder if TSA gives you a thorough check if you even talk about it….



Seriously, what genius thought up the naming of this box?

An improvised explosive device (IED), also known as a roadside bomb due to contemporary use, is a homemade bomb constructed and deployed in ways other than in conventional military  action. One may be constructed of conventional military explosives, such as an artillery round, attached to a detonating mechanism.

IEDs may be used in terrorist actions or in unconventional warfare by guerrillas or commando forces in a theater of operations. In the 2003–present Iraq War, IEDs have been used extensively against coalition forces and by the end of 2007 they had become responsible for approximately 40% of coalition deaths in Iraq. They are also the weapon of choice for insurgent groups in the 2001–present Afghanistan War.


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  1. I wonder if this is supposed to be labeled “AED” … or an Automated External Defibulator (which would be something that should be all around the airport), but judging from the screws on the front and lack of handle, probably not.

    The other thought I have is that it is an alarm that detects IEDs or alerts the individuals at a ticket counter that one is in the airport…

    Otherwise, I would think your deduction that it is there to mess with the passengers would be my next guess 🙂

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