Throughout both series, we were presented with several ways of imprisoning water benders, fire bender and earth benders, from gigantic complexes such as the Boiling Rock to portable cells (i.e. the metal cells they carried Toph once, before she could metalbend).

But my question is, how do you set up a prison, in a large scale, or in a permanent state, for an air bender or a group of air benders?

I know air benders are presented to us as the most peaceful ones, being monks, etc., but I find it hard to believe that inside their society they didn't have criminals or people that needed to be imprisoned. So how would they go about it?

PS: I tried looking for a question like this and didn't find it. Please let me know if this is a duplicate.

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    the metal cage they used on Toph would probably hold an air bender as well
    – childcat15
    Aug 13, 2016 at 18:06
  • @childcat15 wouldn't them easily break free by just airbending and breaking the cage?
    – bruxabruxa
    Aug 14, 2016 at 18:14
  • Can you break metal with air? I don't think we've seen that in either show
    – childcat15
    Aug 20, 2016 at 1:35
  • Can't a hurricane rip off metal from its hinges? If you have enough pressure, it's possible. A powerful enough air bender could handle it, I guess. @childcat15
    – bruxabruxa
    Aug 21, 2016 at 1:49
  • perhaps, now I'm tempted to try to research what velocity winds a hurricane would have to have to break a steel chain. But if you make the cage small enough that the prisoner has no maneuverability (restrict their arms in particular), I doubt even the best airbender could break open a steel cage with just his/her breath
    – childcat15
    Aug 24, 2016 at 2:54

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A prison for an Airbender is covered in The Legend of Korra - Book 4: Episode 9 - Beyond the Wilds

Zaheer a member of the Red Lotus who becomes an airbender has been imprisoned after his defeat in the final episode of Book 3.

The prison for him was built from an old airbender temple inside of a mountain so the only way to it was by air or along a river. Inside an elevator was needed to go deep underground where a single room was created with one entrance, two metalbenders operate the two thick metal doors granting access to the room. Inside he was chained to the floor with chains attached to his hands, waist and feet.

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  • the op asks for a large scale prison Aug 13, 2016 at 15:38
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    Well its s prison for one insanely overpowered airbender, so deep under a mountain would be best. And op asked for an air bender or a group of air benders
    – Bosc
    Aug 13, 2016 at 15:46
  • Yes, and did this prison was set up before or after he became an airbender?
    – bruxabruxa
    Aug 14, 2016 at 18:15
  • The prison was setup afterwards.
    – Bosc
    Aug 14, 2016 at 18:56

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