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post #16 of 41
I fly a couple of times a month. The TSA is completely brain dead. Sure, I want to be safe - but I'm having a hard time believing that the best we can do is Totally Senseless Automatons. It really is worse than random - they pull aside every walker, wheelchair and stroller for closer inspection. My 90 year old father has an artificial hip, a pacemaker and hearing aids. He gets treated to a hand-pat. My 11 year old daughter wears an insulin pump. She gets treated to a hand-pat - unless we take her pump off before we go though and throw it in my briefcase - then we sail right though. It's truly idiotic.

For a good piece of fiction on the subject (although it is fiction that is all too possible) I recommend "Little Brother" by Cory Doctorow. It's available as a free text download:
Little Brother » Download for Free
post #17 of 41
One time I was in San Francisco international airport for a flight to Tokyo. When my Tumi laptop carrier went through the x-ray, the TSA personnel asked me to open it and she rifled through all the pockets inside until she found what she saw on the x-ray.
It was my little screwdriver that I use to tighten the small screws of my eyeglasses. Then she showed it to her colleague, told me to pack my stuff and move on.

I guess she was afraid that I might stick it up somebody's nose and declare "h*Jack".
post #18 of 41
I have avoided flying for the last 5 years and counting. The idea of wasting so much time between being 2 hours early plus check in/out and car rentals ... So if the distance is less than 750 miles I drive. Sucks but it sucks less than flying!
post #19 of 41
I got searched in Qatar for having a bottle of perfume shaped like a ceremonial dagger.

That time, though, I felt stupid for packing what appeared to be a dagger somewhere so hard to get to.
post #20 of 41
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I got searched in Qatar for having a bottle of perfume shaped like a ceremonial dagger.

That time, though, I felt stupid for packing what appeared to be a dagger somewhere so hard to get to.
That's a double-whammy - a dagger-shaped object filled with liquid - I'm surprised they didn't make you either ship it or throw it away.
post #21 of 41
TSA made me get out of my wheelchair and hobble through the x-ray machine because i had an ipod/ibasso combo. They even made me remove belt and shoes before i could slump back in my chair . i curse living on an island. I'm not flying again untill i can walk.
post #22 of 41
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I'm surprised they didn't make you either ship it or throw it away.
Turns out you can actually carry daggers on Qatar airways, just not on flights to Turkey.
post #23 of 41
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post
Well, I must say that looks MUCH more ominous than the 92 year old woman with a wheelchair and an oxygen tank that was being hand-patted by the Totally Senseless Administration the last time I went through their gauntlet.

Look at the bright side - imagine what they would have done to you if that was a hand built mint-tin CMoy velcro'd to your ipod...
Oh, and I was in a wheel chair too and gave them my cane to xray...
post #24 of 41
Thread Starter 
Here is the backpack unloaded...

post #25 of 41
lol..am not surprised they pulled you over..still sucks for sure..but dang..that is a lot of stuff
post #26 of 41
Ahh - well, there you go - in your story you left out the most crucial and damning piece if evidence - your wheelchair! You might as well have been wearing a "Saddam is alive and living in Idaho" T-shirt.
post #27 of 41
Yeah, I learned to keep the pieces separate after last years disaster when we almost missed our flight because of me. I also had my case full off about 10 mouthpieces with me as well which they thought might be "tiny pipe bombs".

Yeah, this year had no issues. Do separate.
post #28 of 41
Wow, that sounds way worse that my incident a few flights ago.

I found out too late that my Nintendo DS was the thing setting off the walk-through alarm, and so I was pulled off to the side to be talked to and patted down (*coughmolestedcough*), so everybody could stare at me like I was part of a zoo exhibit.
post #29 of 41
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LOL forbigger, turn them into head-fi lol. try ur rig haha. and why 3 amps? ur kids use amps too? how old are they? i dont think THAT old if they still need u to add/remove xmas songs and watch lilo and stitch. if the amps are for ur kids, that would be interesting haha. kids using amps! pretty cool imo.
hey hey I am 16 if you want to consider that a kid and I have enjoyed quality audio my whole life
post #30 of 41
Yep, same thing happened to me not too long ago. It seems to be ok if you take apart your "headphone b***" before going through security.
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