I really hate what I'm about to write, but sometimes I think, "You know, Fight Club was right." And no, I don't mean that I've come to the realization that 'I'm the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.' (I don't even know what the fuck that means.) I mean sometimes I agree with Tyler when he said that airline security is all about "The illusion of safety."
In Portland, a sixty-six-year-old man boarded an airplane with 500 rounds of ammunition in his carry-on bag without the TSA noticing, and flew all the way to Guam (where the apparently more meticulous Guam security team caught him). The man apparently forgot the ammo was in there (sounds like a heavy thing to 'forget' about, but whatever.)
This, and other examples like it makes me think: we can spend a trillion dollars a day on air-puffing, penis-seeing scanning systems, and there will always be ways for people who want to sneak bombs on to airplanes to do that. A system run by humans will fall victim to human error. Which is why I'd argue that a good portion of that money would be better spent keeping people from wanting to blow up our airplanes. But hey, one man's opinion.
The good news, I guess, is that without a gun, all you could really do is hurl the bullets at stewardesses, (which sounds more annoying than dangerous). And also, this man was not a terrorist, just a forgetful eccentric. According to his daughter, her father uses the ammo, "to shoot fish from trees."