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Jan. 31st, 2008

04:55 pm - TSA adds more incredibly burdensome rubbish that doesn't improve security!

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http://laughingsquid.com/tsa-now-requiring-all-electronic-items-placed-in-bins-at-sfo/

If they implement this across the board, or the next time I fly out of SFO, it's going to take me like 15 minutes to unpack all the cables and electronics and stuff from my backpack, and another 15 to pack it back up! Argh! How stupid.

A colleague said he's flying tomorrow, and he plans to put all his cables and stuff into a plastic bag. My problem is there's electronics or cables in every single compartment of my many-compartmented backpack, and stuff likely in any other bags I may have with me, so it would probably not be possible to pack everything if I were to combine it all into one bag, but perhaps the bundle of cables and stuff in the small front pouch can go into a quart ziplock, and the 2 power supplies in the smaller main compartment and any other junk in there can go in a gallon ziplock, and the mass of cables plus voice recorder attachment for my iPod plus bluetooth headset plus ..... in the tiny little compartment at the top can go into a sandwich bag, and .......

Ok, so I could cut it to only about 5-10 times as burdensome as removing only my laptop, but, uh, that stuff probably makes up well over half the contents (by volume) of my backpack!

This rule clearly wasn't considering geeks; only average people with their iPod, phone, camera and laptop. Heck, even an average person has a bunch of things. Blah.

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From:wy
Date:February 1st, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
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Yeah, no kidding. Last time I flew I brought 3 laptops. Plus cables. Nightmare.

Of course, I also accidentally left my work knife in my carryon bag too. :P Not that they noticed.
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From:mavjop
Date:February 1st, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
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I think I forgot to take my quart bag of liquids and gels out of my carry-on some time a few months ago and they totally didn't notice.
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From:wy
Date:February 1st, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
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I'd say that a knife/tool is worse, though :P

But yeah, I might as well not be having a bag if I had to empty out every cable.
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From:mavjop
Date:February 1st, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
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*nod* on all counts
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From:athelind
Date:February 1st, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
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Of course they were considering geeks. These are the same people who gave geeks wedgies in Junior High.
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From:wy
Date:February 1st, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
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/me threatens aethelind with a wedige :P and a swirlie. Or something.
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From:mavjop
Date:February 1st, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
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*chuckle* :)
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