tby January 25, 2010 7:39 PM

Nah, they’ll start confiscating pennies to protect us from the terrorists and pay for the economic stimulus plan…

ericcase January 25, 2010 8:22 PM

The US government will use pennies. Terrorist will use dimes. Dimes are smaller and thinner permitting them to conceal the ammo easier and have more firepower. Dimes also have a reeded edge allowing them to inflect more damage.

hwKeitel January 26, 2010 2:17 AM

TSA should wait for Penny Shooter Business Card 2.0.

the question is: what is more dangerous, the weapon (fake business or credit card) or the ammunition (pennies)? have pennies been involved in attacks in the past?
can banknotes also be used as weapon or ammunition? is money in general the threat? Is al-Qaida using money too? do they know we have this weapon of mass destruction?

Cheap Hero January 26, 2010 3:20 AM

An attacker could set fire to a wad of dollar bills (or your currency of choice) causing a serious incident.

Ban cash. Side benefit – eliminate untracable transactions.

Peter A. January 26, 2010 4:24 AM

An old-fashioned way to use pennies as a weapon was to put a load of them in a sock.

Why TSA isn’t banning loose change and socks is beyond me.

Clive Robinson January 26, 2010 5:55 AM

@ hwKietel,

“… have pennies been involved in attacks in the past?”

O h yes ands still are, often with the aid of a mechanical propelent device from a rubber band right through to a custom made “slinger” that breaks down into “ordinary looking” pieces.

For many years in the UK football spectators have fired coins of one form or another at players.

The ranges from the “stands” and the injury and accuracy suggest much more than ordinary human throws.

Investigation has in the past found modified catapults on some of the more unruly spectators designed to take UK coinage…

And yes I know from experiance how to make other devices for firing “edged” “penny washers” that will quite routienly take a head off of a goose or phesant at ten yards or so. Almost silently such that other birds carry on feeding…

(I should write “the tales of a young poacher lad” one of these days but only after I’ve left the UK 😉

Clive Robinson January 26, 2010 6:12 AM

@ TrapspamHoneypot,

“Business card on right side”

Of Kevin Mitnick’s card.

I just love the order details of,

“Send your IP address and password to:
2245 N. Green Valley Parkway
Suite 411
Henderson, NV 89014”

And the request of a 5USD Note as the only valid payment.

Some dalmations never change their spots, or licking their brass ones 8)

hwKeitel January 26, 2010 8:28 AM

@Clive Robinson

“For many years in the UK football spectators have fired coins of one form or another at players.”

I thought they switched to lighters. the good old times, no one smokes nowadays.

ask Oliver Kahn, he gains experience about golf balls and bananas.

jgreco January 26, 2010 12:18 PM


That is actually a pretty good point. Folded properly, a piece of paper can make a hard and decently sharp point that, with some hand to hand experiance, could make a somewhat formidable weapon. Magazines, newspapers, books, and notebooks should clearly all be banned.

EdT. January 26, 2010 2:40 PM

Actually, I did have a screener (pre-TSA) threaten to confiscate my spare change once. I was carrying it in a baby sock (one of the “lost pairs” from when my son was little), and he claimed it could be used as a blackjack. His supervisor relented, when I pointed out that anyone wearing socks, and carrying coins, could easily construct such a weapon on the plane.

I was told, however, to replace the sock with a coin purse before my next flight.


EdT. January 26, 2010 2:42 PM

I dont’ see the TSA banning wallets (or coins). However, I can see some “zero-tolerance” types trying to do so in the schools.


BF Skinner January 27, 2010 6:25 AM

@jgreco “Millwall Brick”

Yeah my judo instructor taught us that in high school during the 70s. Never actually had occasion to use it. But then I don’t follow the football.

Alex February 3, 2010 8:54 AM

Nifty business card! i remember a comedian saying if it was true that if you dropped a quarter from the top of the eiffel tower it can kill someone below. And if it was true instead of nuclear weapons loose change could be used for war instead. Followed up by the comedian saying we’re bringing ‘Change to Iraq’ haha.

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