By KRISTIN TATE
As we reported several weeks ago, a Tennessee man built a firing gun from items he purchased at the airport — after going through security. Since his project received a huge variety of responses from our readers, I decided to reach out to him and find out more.
Evan Booth, a computer programmer from Greensboro, created the gun using items like a hairdryer, lithium batteries, and body spray. He calls his creation BLUNDERBUSiness.
Booth said he decided to embark on this project after the TSA introduced body scanners, which he believes violate travelers’ privacy.
He told me, “People who understand security understand that the current screening procedures exist primarily to put passengers at ease — ‘security theater,’ if you will. They also know that, given enough time, a persistent attacker will succeed to some degree.”
Booth was able to shoot pocket change out of his gun with enough power to blow a hole through Sheetrock.
In addition to creating BLUNDERBUSiness, Booth made several other deadly weapons — also using common items purchased in airport stores.
Terminal Cornucopia :: BLUNDERBUSSness Class :: Break-Action Shotgun
Published on Nov 13, 2013
Here’s a picture of the weapon and a “spent” shell after firing: http://i.imgur.com/qEPFktU.jpg. Yes, it’s still fully functional. It disappears in the footage because it flew about six feet backwards from the recoil. I didn’t anticipate NEARLY that much recoil, so I didn’t anchor it down adequately.
All materials required to build this weapon were purchased in an airport AFTER the security screening.
Learn more at: http://www.terminalcornucopia.com
All Terminal Cornucopia weapons were constructed in a lab. At no point were any weapons built, handled, or transported in or near an airport.
Because the findings of this research (thus far) are arguably common sense, it is in this researcher’s opinion that they fall outside of the purview of Responsible Disclosure. That said, all findings have been reported to the proper authorities, whom were granted the option of establishing a timeline for remediation and/or disclosure. No instructions have been given to that end.
Don’t break the law. Don’t build weapons if you don’t know how to do it safely. Don’t be stupid.
Check out his other creations on his youtube channel:
Security expert builds fully operational GUN from items that can all be purchased in the airport terminal AFTER you go through security
Evan Booth can make a gun comprised of a hair dryer, magnets, batteries, hairbands, and other items purchased at terminal stores
The Tennessee web developer demonstrates how to make his gun, as well as a crossbow, blowgun, and other weapons on his DIY website Terminal Cornucopia
Those who fear 3D-printed plastic guns take note: a Tennessee man has demonstrated that a deadly firearm can also be made completely out of items available from airport retail stores.
Web developer Evan Booth of Greensboro, North Carolina moonlights as a ‘security expert’ and can make projectile weapons with things like hairdryers and Axe body spray–all of which you can get after you make it through security.
While he has an airport crossbow, blowgun, and spiked club, it’s Booth’s hand-built gun–which he calls his BLUNDERBUSiness Class–that seems most worrisome.
Moonlighting: Evan Booth works with computers by day but calls himself a ‘security researcher’ by night, which is when he tinkers with his airport weapons at his home in North Carolina
The idea for his BLUNDERBUSiness gun came to him after he realized airports sell lithium batteries. When mixed with water, that lithium can create enough heat to turn a can of Axe body spray into aromatic ammunition.
Combine it with a hollowed out hair dryer, some gossip magazines and other sundries and you’ve got yourself a gun.
‘Right now if I wanted to build something very potent, I would probably go toward lithium,’ says Booth.
His YouTube demonstrations show his DIY gun propelling a handful of pocket change powerfully enough to blow a quart-sized hole though Sheetrock.
In an effort to win some research funds—and shield himself from unfriendly investigators—Booth notified the FBI, CIA, and other agencies of his activities prior to posting them on the internet.
‘It would have been awesome if I’d had access to, like, a cockpit door,’ he says.
Booth continues to tinker away at his airport terminal weapons and tells Fast Company he has a stun gun and others in mind already.
Getting medieval: Booth also found a way to make a crossbow out of airport items. A Galaxy Grabber is hand-operated robotic toy claw