Welcome to the era of the bulletproof urinal. Unchecked paranoia and vast wealth may combine to create a new Hollywood market for Texas-based aeronautics mogul George Hamilton.
His Hamilton Aerospace is using composite materials to manufacture bullet-proof aircraft and cockpits. In light of the recent terror attacks, he said that his firm was developing explosion-proof bathrooms for jetliners. The theory: that a hijacker with a bomb could be forced into the bathroom, which could then withstand a bomb blast or at list minimize the damage.
Then Hollywood called.
About a week ago, San Antonio-area-based Hamilton (no relation to the actor) received a call from an A-list movie actor he declined to identify, seeking information about adapting his ordnance-proof cockpit schematic into an office-based “panic room” for terrorism.
“I told him, ‘Pardner, that’s gonna cost you. A lot, in fact. Maybe upwards of $100,000,” Hamilton recounts, adding, “and he’s like, ‘Hell, I spend more than that on my dog. Get me one.’ ” Hamilton says he received another call, this time from a producer, likewise insisting on anonymity, who wanted five of the panic room cubicles, which come complete with closed-circuit TV, chemical commodes and satellite and cell phones.
“Now I’m wondering if maybe this may just be a business,” said Hamilton, who added that if he can get 25 orders in one area like L.A., he’ll go into production.