Shoddy Hardware (Was: Re: WW fixtures (was Re: "New" PDP-8))

From: Chad Fernandez <>
Date: Wed Apr 3 20:38:08 2002

Doc wrote:

> That's what I carry. It's about 3" long, maybe 3/8" or 7/16" in
> diameter. They won't let me on the plane with it. Had my friend who
> works for United not been willing to come get it at the security gate
> and store it for me, they'd have confiscated it. Now I put it, and my
> little 2" Very Sharp Knife in my checked luggage.
> The truth is, I have absolutely no beef with that.

Wow, that would have made me very upset. I'm all for security, but not
them confiscating my property, just becasue it resembles a gun barrel.
It's a working flashlight, made by the thousands, nothing special, not
some James Bond, Man With a Golden Gun weapon.

> I fly a lot. I
> now get to the airport at least 2 hours before my flight. I often have
> to spend an extra night out of town because of the added check-in time.
> I don't schedule connecting flights less than 1 hour from scheduled
> arrival to scheduled departure.

Arriving early, is a good idea. That's the kind of thing that I believe
we should expect to deal with for the sake of security.

> Wanna know what *really* throws security into a tizzy?
> Presentation transparencies, aka overhead projection foils.
> Evidently, they show up just like plastic explosives on the scope. I
> guarantee, they will NOT search your bag. Or let you open it, until
> they do the sniffer thing. :^P

Wow, thats wierd. 8.5" X 11, that would be alot of explosive material,
I would think...... I assume the scope can't see the depth.

Chad Fernandez
Michigan, USA
Received on Wed Apr 03 2002 - 20:38:08 BST

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