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.