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MacBook Air results in missed flight

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.

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?

About

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.

7 comments
mchll.springs
mchll.springs

Well, almost everyone would miss a flight to one reason to another. But compared to this one, uhm, there's really something wrong. LOL

DariusMarch
DariusMarch

I have had no major snafus with laptops on flights. However, my Canon XL2 video camera has never failed to create delays and unnecessary concern, possibly due to its many detachable components. It is always amusing to get held up by TSA agent A re: the camera, only to have TSA agent B who 'knows his stuff' come up next to agent A and get really excited about the camera. 'Is if HD?' they frequently ask. I theorize that most TSA agents are at least closet techies if not full blown byteheads. Or perhaps the gadgets are but a pleasant distraction from wanding the Gargantua that is flying from Tampa to Charlotte in July while wearing three sweaters.

jmgarvin
jmgarvin

I travel, A LOT...so I carry two portable HDDs, a couple USB sticks, a laptop, two cell phones, binders, curriculum, a MP3 player, ear buds, noise canceling headphones, a mouse, two cell phone chargers, a laptop power supply, CDs, DVDs, documentation, travel documents, corporate documents, pens, paper, and envelopes. (yes I have to port my office around in my backpack) I also have to carry up to two weeks of clothing and supplies. I've had the TSA ruin a shirt because they couldn't zip my bag shut. The sleeve of the shirt was hanging out. I've had the TSA lose my bag in a pile of bags that were being scanned. I've had the TSA search my backpack because I had a granola bar that baffled them for some reason. I've had the TSA get angry with me when I forgot to take my ticket out of my jacket pocket (so it got sent through X-Ray), when all they wanted to do was check it with a magic marker. I can also thank the TSA for confiscating my nail clippers...you never know what somebody can do with nail clippers! My favorite though is that they throw all the "binary liquids" in the same bin. BRILLIANT. Oh, and the wonders of being about to bring on as many 3oz containers as you can stuff in a sandwich sized baggy. It boggles the mind. US Customs is great though. We do a VERY good job there and do it right...why can't the TSA do it well?

JCitizen
JCitizen

just to see the confusion on the faces of those TSA agents! HAHAAHA!! Good story - great entertainment! Sorry for Michael's problems but for me it would be pure joy!

paulmah
paulmah

In the meantime, any TR members who are frequent fliers here with experiences to share?

seanferd
seanferd

These people need to get a clue. They'd probably be confused by an actual type of "device" that they haven't seen before. I still want to know why they take people's underwear. edit for missed '

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

I'll not be taking my unread computer enthusiast magazines; they are known to be mistakenly called many things other than valid sources of technical information. I was a little concerned before but after reading this, I may scrub my PDA, leave the two SDIO in it at home and suffer the week with my PDA being factory fresh rather than stocked and tuned and containing my data. Airport security used to be a nice bit of theater that kept passengers feeling safe though it's never even slowed down a criminal bent on harming others. Now it's become just a sad demonstration of the incompetence of rent-a-cops with an extra "air passenger safety" training course. Here's the kicker, flying was before and is still safer than walking down a city street with the exception of the anomoly with which such paranoia is sold on. I just hope my family will be allowed to pass with the minimal amount of hastle required by the streat theater.