[Hpr] True Life Travel Stories
james at toebesacademy.com
Wed Mar 25 05:30:40 PDT 2015
Worse I had was a trip within the US. Traveling from Florida to
I had spent a week at the mouses' house. I was flying with my entire
family. Going through the check point, I went to grab my carry on
bag. The TSA agent stopped me and said the bag needed to go through
again. So I waited, it went through. I was told it needed to be
manually searched. I have nothing to hide in the bag so think nothing
My family had already made it through and were waiting for me. The
search is taking a few minutes and I am feeling nervous. Did someone
put something in my bag? Stupid me thinks that making jokes at this
time is a good way to alleviate the nervousness. DO NOT JOKE WITH
TSA. Someone had told me that one time but I forgot....
He pulled my Bible in it's zipper cover out of the bag. I said be
careful with that. He stopped, looked at me and deadpanned why? I
replied, 'It makes you think'. Then, just as stoically, he said (a
little loud), I am looking for a bomb in here. I FROZE. All the
agents (and most in line) turned to look at me. I was intensely aware
of the number of staff. My wife decided she needed to move her and the
kids a little further away.
He pulled everything out of the bag, could not find anything. Finally
satisfied that I had no threat, He indicated I could continue. I
repacked the bag in complete silence. I found my wife who did not want
to talk to me for a bit. The rest of the trip was uneventful.
When I got home I wanted to figure out what they may have seen. I
emptied the bag completely. Found a bunch of cables, chargers,
cameras, and phones in the bag (for the whole family). But nothing that
seemed out of ordinary. I felt the bag then found it had a secret
internal pocket I did not know. My heart stopped. Some weird
cylindrical container in it. I slowly found the opening and pulled it out.
Did I mention I was traveling with kids? Little ones at that. Kids like
toys. My littlest apparently places two small travel size play-do
containers in my bag. She was so happy that I found them. So play-do
and electronics make traveling interesting.
I am pretty sure I am now on a list some place.
BTW, If the family gets the nerve to brave TSA again, I would not mind
visiting New Zealand. Never been south of the Equator.
On 03/24/2015 12:14 PM, Klaatu wrote:
> Hey all. I just made the 37 hour trek to the states from NZ for a visit,
> and on the way an interesting thing happened (twice) at airport
> security. My girlfriend's computer got pulled aside to get the swabbing
> inspection (I am not sure if they are looking for drugs exclusively or
> also traces of explosives or biohazards). This happened not once but
> twice. It's a System76 Laptop with a Tux sticker on it. It runs Linux Mint.
> We played dumb (didn't have to do much acting; we sincerely could not
> understanding why) and eventually got one of the agents to tell us what
> was going on.
> I will not reveal the answer (or at least what they claimed was their
> reason for pulling it aside) here, as an incentive for this:
> I want to compile an HPR episode of interesting stories about travelling
> with computers. Preferably focusing on TSA interaction, in an attempt to
> better understand what these fine defenders of the American way of life
> are looking for when they inspect computers.
> I do not require you to record your story; just respond to this thread
> with your tale.
> I am seeking first-hand experiences. In other words, you should have
> witnessed the event in person, preferably with something to lose if it
> had all gone wrong.
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