Saturday, 6 November 2010

Someones knees are jerking


“Following recent incidents with improvised explosive devices, the Secretary of State for Transport has issued directions prohibiting the carriage by air of ink or toner cartridges, with immediate effect. For the avoidance of doubt the definition of ink or toner cartridges are defined as a cartridge weighing more than 500g designed for the use in printing equipment such as printers, photocopiers and fax machines.

In order to comply with this direction fully, Parcelforce Worldwide will not be able to accept any ink or toner cartridges destined to Northern Ireland or the Channel islands or any destination overseas on any Parcelforce Service until further notice.

This impacts both inland and international carriage of ink and toner cartridges by Royal Mail (much inland postage is still carried by plane).

Post Office, ParcelForce and Royal Mail staff have been instructed to check customs labels to see if a product contains printer ink. Seeing as the person sending an item is the one who fills in a customs form then it shouldn't be beyond the wit of the average terrorist to write "Bread Bin" instead of "Printer ink" or "Bomb."

It seems this handy new prohibition will prevent businesses or citizens in the UK sending 'Printer cartridges' to Yemen. Presumably this will stop Al Qaeda receiving used toner packs for recycling into environmentally friendly high explosives. It won't stop them stuffing table lamps, beanbags, hollowed out books, video games consoles, DVD recorders, toasters or anything else that can packed with Semtex or TNT. Unless there was some specific reason printer cartridges were chosen as a method of concealing an explosive device,maybe concealing the odour or something, I can't see how this helps.

Will this change make air cargo safer? Or is it just a do something announcement?

Canon recycle all their European cartridges in Bretagne. Bound to be a problem for many of the major suppliers of toner.


5 comments:

yokel said...

Sitting sadly on one side, head in hands, Yokel was heard to mutter "When will they understand that in a war, the first thing to do is to identify the enemy. The next is to understand his targets and tactics. Finally one frustrates those tactics in order to preserve the targets from attack. Instead we attack the targets, and do the enemy's work for him. Time and time and bloody time again".

Yokel goes back to sitting, thinking is getting too painful.

Jan said...

Well, it's great our leaders have everything under control.....

Anonymous said...

Just in case these measures aren't effective, I shall in future be collecting all printers supplies from Staples in a Mastiff. The bomber always gets through...

BrianSJ said...

Are the Guide Dogs now considered terrorists? I send my empty inkjet cartridges there for recycling - or used to.

Budgie said...

PM - David Bannit, Deputy PM - Nick Bannit (no relation), and Home Sec - Therasa Bannit (no relation), announce the government will ban it. There are you all satisfied?