If you're the sort who absolutely must have the latest in gadgets or hardware, you might do well to read what blogger Michael Nygard has to say about his experiences last week with his spanking new MacBook Air — and yes, how it resulted in him missing his flight.
I don't want to spoil it too much, so I'll include only short excerpt here, where TSA agents try to figure out the MacBook Air:
They pull my laptop, my new laptop making its first trip with me, out of the flow of bags. One takes me aside to a partitioned cubicle. Another of the endless supply of TSA agents takes the rest of my bags to a different cubicle... My laptop is on the table in front of me, just beyond reach, like I am waiting to collect my personal effects after being paroled... I'm standing, watching my laptop on the table, listening to security clucking just behind me. "There's no drive," one says. "And no ports on the back. It has a couple of lines where the drive should be," she continues.
CNET News.com is less kind and has come out with a list of 5 tech products to confuse the TSA:
- Lead-lined film bags
- Homemade electronics
- Insulin pumps
- The OQO
- The Hello Kitty Assault Rifle
Anyway, check out the blog for the full article. Michael writes very well; it's an excellent read. In the meantime, any TR members who are frequent fliers here with experiences to share?
Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.