I'm Evan Booth, and I can build guns, bombs, and other weapons out of things you can buy after the airport security checkpoints. AMA.
My background is in software development and information architecture. However, for the past year, I’ve been working on independent security research I’ve dubbed "Terminal Cornucopia." The TSA is supposed to prevent passengers from slipping anything that could be used as a weapon past its multiple layers of security personnel, scanning devices, and explosive-detecting swabs. Trouble is, there are a slew of items that you can purchase just past the security checkpoint that can be turned into a makeshift arsenal. To help illustrate this vulnerability, I have recently filmed a short video with VICE to demonstrate just how easy it is to build these weapons. My goals for this project are to inform the public about this security issue, and to give the TSA/policymakers solid information on which to base decisions regarding our safety.
For an overview of the project (including demonstration videos for the weapons), check out http://terminalcornucopia.com.
Edit 1: Well that's disconcerting... in the middle of an AMA about building weapons out of airport wares, my Macbook randomly shut down and won't power up. D:
Edit 2: Thank you guys for all the great questions! I have to run to appointment, but I'll try to keep answering questions over the next few hours. To get updates on Terminal Cornucopia, follow me on Twitter @evanbooth.