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    Did anyone have any interesting run-ins with the TSA going to or from the con?

  • #2
    Actually, quite the opposite. I normally get hassled like crazy, but this time I not only had no troubles but the TSA people I dealt with were pleasant. odd

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    • #3
      Originally posted by noid
      Actually, quite the opposite. I normally get hassled like crazy, but this time I not only had no troubles but the TSA people I dealt with were pleasant. odd
      I wouldn't rule out an alternate universe of some kind :)

      My g/f and I are going to Las Vegas at the end of the month (sucks I couldn't get off for con this year). I seldom go on trips of this type and want to keep hassles to a minimum. I've been going over my packing list with a fine toothed comb to ensure this.

      The only thing out of the ordinary that I might bring is my USB watch (similar to this one: http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/drives/5eec/). I'm leaning toward keeping it home as not to go into a song and dance to convince the TSA people that the funky watch with the wire coming out of it isn't dangerous.

      Thoughts from the frequent travelers of what to avoid?

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      • #4
        My suitecase was opened departing San Fran. They busted my maxrad 2 foot yaggi antenna, i cant get the plastic enclosure to fit back around the base of the antenna. They broke a few nobs so it wont fit properly now. Awww well. My laptop battery was also extracted and removed and seperated from the machine, it was lying on the other side of the suit case.

        There was a note saying that my bag was inspected... that was nice of them.

        Only american airport security make you take your shoes off. No where else have I had to do that yet, either in Europe, Canada or Asia.
        Livin it up in the digital metropolis known as Tokyo.
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        • #5
          my TSA dude asked me how to clean the porn of his machine... no shit...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Dented-Halo
            Only american airport security make you take your shoes off. No where else have I had to do that yet, either in Europe, Canada or Asia.
            I had a moment of culture shock with that last Christmas flying to Ireland to visit my family over the holidays. At Heathrow, they just asked the normal questions (is this your bag, did you pack it yourself, has it always been in your posession, etc.), checked the bags, and let me on the airplane. It took a moment for it to sink in that I didn't have to go jump through nine million baggage-related hoops before I could actually get on the flight. Rather nice, actually.

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            • #7
              I got no hassles, but damn if they didn't ransack all my bags going both directions.

              --S
              --Shatter

              "People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid."
              - Soren Aabye Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

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              • #8
                from DFW to Vegas I hit a snag. Forgot my ID expired last month. I had to have a security guard escort me to the gate for me to board, but it was delay'd so he sat w/me for like 15 minutes. he liked it cuz he got to take a break and he talked about d/ling movies from new groups and burning them to cd ;-) i told him about bittorrent ..

                way back, no hassle at all .. and las vegas airport has free 802.11
                " I want to believe all of these things? But you caught me at a bad moment and I can't. "

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                • #9
                  I got flagged for extra screening, but it was no big deal.
                  The strange thing that I'd never seen before was when they took my laptop and wiped it down with these little wand thingies and then had whatever residues tested by some kind of machine. no idea what that was.

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                  • #10
                    the cotton swab test is to detect miniscule traces of explosive compounds. I have that done to my laptop at pretty much every airport that has one of those devices. THey do it to most any other carry on electronics, include cell phones, PDAs, mp3 players etc...
                    Livin it up in the digital metropolis known as Tokyo.
                    Tokyo's 2600 web page: www.tokyo2600.com

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                    • #11
                      The funny thing is that they tested my rifle case for explosive residue. At the minimum, they should have picked up burnt gunpower and whatever residue Tannerite leaves behind... Either they didn't find it, or they didn't say anything, because after he ran the swab through the machine, my rifle case went on the conveyor belt with the rest of the luggage. Odd.
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                      1. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

                      2. If it is broke, shoot it. It will still be broken, but you'll feel better.

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                      • #12
                        i didn't have any problems myself but some retarded wigger got into argument with the TSA woman over why he had to remove his "bling" to get through the metal detector.
                        "Those who would willingly trade essential liberty for temporary security are deserving of neither." --Benjamin Franklin

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                        • #13
                          My stuff was totally rifled through on the flight in. I had one of those courtesy notices from TSA saying they had examined my bags. So much for my careful packing.

                          On the way home I just tossed everything in the luggage, WTF, if they are gonna toss me around. My shoes made the detector beep so I had to go get wanded while I prayed no one would walk off with my camera and laptop that was just sitting abandoned at the end of the conveyor belt. If someone did, I could do nothing because of all the plexiglass.

                          I'm driving from now on.

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                          • #14
                            I received little to no hassle, which was suprising, seeing as they normally shake me down twice through.
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                            • #15
                              It sucks to have a nick name

                              On the Return flight from Vegas to Atlanta I was held up by the Delta check-in lady because my friend who bought the tickets online used my nick name instead of my real first name both with the same last name on the tickets. I had both a picture ID and a Military dependant ID with me displaying both names, yet the lady still wished to verify "something" (not sure what, she would not tell me) for 10 minutes until she decided an 19yr old husky 6'3 white male would present no danger and let me check my luggage in. Odd though considering the other security checkpoints before and after the metal detectors did not seem to care. Not sure which i was more annoyed at: the delay or the airport security not caring that my id and ticket did not match
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