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Go security [Feb. 20th, 2004|02:19 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
So they insist on searching laptops heavily at airports, but the Shuttle computer I'm taking on a carry-on went through without a problem.

But I then realized why. It's the whole density thing. Laptops have batteries which look like explosives, and my real computer didn't. (which is also why you get extra searching if you bring peanut butter as a carry-on... it shows up as a plastic explosive.) Interestingly, my case with the LCD got searched a bunch, and she was asking "Is there a battery in here?". But she did a really half-ass check and just kinda looked in, not searching any misc pockets.

I probably got off easy today because I have the cute zebra girl with me (dina). What terrorist would blow up his cute zebra girl?

[User Picture]From: bostonsteamer
2004-02-20 02:17 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2004-02-20 02:24 pm (UTC)
You should see them go ape-shit when I ran my scuba regulator+computer through the XRay machine at SF Airport.
I guess seeing a bunch of metal tubes leading to a small electronic box.. I think every light went off, and everyone had to look at it..
Sorta neat.. I wish I would of asked them to show me what it looks like, but I didnt want to get detained and have my vacation ruined..
The airport in mexico didnt even blink when I ran the same equipment through, but Cancun is a big diving spot, so the're used to it.
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[User Picture]From: ydna
2004-02-20 03:54 pm (UTC)
I think it would be fun to just build weird shit to take on airplanes. Bizarre contraptions made of various odd material that would look crazy on the x-ray display. Let them look through the bags and try to figure out what on earth it is. I wouldn't even explain what it is. I'd just shrug my shoulders and say, "it's a thing, I think." If pressed on the matter, I'd say I bought it at a flea market and I'm not really sure what it is, but it looks cool. Yeah, I could pull that off. It would be performance art.
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2004-02-20 04:01 pm (UTC)
That's a cool idea, as long as you forget the fact that they will then think it might be fun to feel around inside your colon and large intestine, you know, just to see. When you ask what they're looking for, they'll shrug their shoulders and say, "oh, you know, stuff."

I'll bet you could get a grant for this.
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2004-02-20 04:11 pm (UTC)


I smell a trend starting:
"Get free anal pleas^H^H^H^H^Hexam by TSA employees at SFO!"
If this happens, im driving the whole 1 & 1/2 hours to SF to present you a medal.
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[User Picture]From: ydna
2004-02-20 04:20 pm (UTC)


Thank you for once again bringing balance to my life.

The icing on the cake would be to get the grant for this "performance art" from the DoHS under the title "Airport Screener Quality Assurance Program"
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[User Picture]From: supersat
2004-02-20 04:02 pm (UTC)
I've never had them question my laptop after 9/11, even when a bomb threat was called into LAX (where I was flying out of) the same morning! Before 9/11, I'd have to turn on any laptop I took, and press some buttons on my cell phone. Maybe they upgraded their x-ray machines?
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[User Picture]From: mendel
2004-02-20 05:43 pm (UTC)
When my former manager and I were heading to Seattle to install some kit we brought along a teleworker VoIP set with us so we could be sure we'd have a phone at the rack to coordinate with another admin back home.

You'd think that carrying a desk telephone in your carry-on would raise some eyebrows, but it was no problem either way. In fact, we had to explain more to the security guy at Internap than to airport security. ("It's a phone. You know, for phone calls.")

I suspect it's at least in part a decision on the screeners' part that odd things that scan OK are probably OK; if you were going to hide something, you wouldn't hide something in a box that says I'M INTERESTING, LOOK AT ME.
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[User Picture]From: erik
2004-02-23 11:34 am (UTC)
I NEVER get searched at airports. My mom thinks it's because I have this very innocent, babyish face and a really short haircut which sorta makes me look like I'm in the army or something. Some people look like terrorists and I guess I look like a patriot. Hooray for profiling.
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