Thursday, November 18, 2004

Armed and dangerous at the airport

Suppose you like to have a pocketknife handy when you travel. Well, why wouldn't you? Useful things! A small blade, screwdrivers, maybe a bottle opener. But when you have to pass through security, they'll confiscate it. What to do?

Technology to the rescue! I found this at Brookstone's last week:

Open, it's a knife (serated and straight), a Phillips screwdriver, a wide flat screwdriver, a tiny eyeglasses screwdriver, and a bottle opener. Closed, it looks almost exactly like a key. Put it on your keychain with your other keys. When you get to security, toss your keychain in an outside pocket of your carry-on bag along with your other metal items -- watch, glasses, spare change, goes right through. And if they /did/ catch it, not a problem. Tell the security goons you forgot it was there and let it be confiscated; it's a mere $15 to replace!

Not that I personally would ever do such a thing, mind you...


At 8:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As if $15 was that easy to throw away.

At 10:52 AM, Blogger Glen said...

Hey, $15 is CHEAP for an invisible omnipresent pocketknife. And sure, if I thought there were a BIG chance of it being confiscated I'd be concerned. But the chance of it being noticed is tiny. If you have, say, a 1-in-20 chance of it being caught, the expected cost of one pass through security is 75 cents. Still too much?

At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're calling some guy at Georgia Tech a "terrorist" for making soda bottle "bombs" and the media admits they have no idea how they work or explode, which is mornic. Soda bottle "bombs" are all made to produce some gas (e.g. via baking soda + vinegar) and are definitely not threats to the public. At least, not on a "terrorist" scale (but that sort of unAmerican non-fearmongering slant won't sell papers, mind).

The last thing I want is to have security call me a "terrorist" because I have a "concealed weapon" that is "very sophisticated" and of a type they've never seen before.

Cool gadget, yes. But I'd be scared as hell of being singled out as a "terrorist" over something stupid like that.


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