Holy cow...

From: Joe R. <rigdonj_at_cfl.rr.com>
Date: Fri Aug 6 07:32:51 2004

   I went to a HP Calculator conference in England about 6 or 7 years ago
(pre-9/11) and I carried a LOT of calculators, parts, accessories and tools
with me. I was very concerned about going through security and customs but
had almost no trouble. The ONLY thing they questioned was what was the
little thing that I had hanging off of a pair wires with nothing else
connected. (It was a tiny prototype blue chip LED that I'd connected two
wires to in order to power it up). Somehow they'd spotted it via X-ray or
something buried under everything else in the case and it aroused their
curiosity because it wasn't connected to anything. When I pulled out the
calculators and told them that I was going to a calculator conference I
expected a lot of questions but they acted like they could care less.


At 09:07 PM 8/5/04 -0700, you wrote:
>I just heard the very end of a TV news report, where they said some airport
>terminal was shut down for hours today due to a bomb scare. They
described the
>potential bomb as a small, odd-looking box with wires and various electrical
>parts. Then they said "It turned out to be an antique microphone."
>Which makes me wonder... has anyone here ever had a problem explaining
>computers to airport security? When I flew out to VCF last fall I
>told the security officer that my bag contained vintage calculators and
>handheld computers, in case it looked odd to her in the X-Ray machine, but
>looked at me with an expression of "Why the heck do you think I'd care?"
>however that may be more of a comment on how poor the airport security hiring
>rules are.
>I'd like to hear some feedback, however, please let's NOT turn this into a
>rambling thread about politics or any similar B.S....
Received on Fri Aug 06 2004 - 07:32:51 BST

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