Is that a bomb in your pants or are you just happy to be flying (or flying to be happy)?

Summary:By way of Bruce Schneier's blog comes ZUG editor in chief John Hargrave who used to be the official resident DOT COMedian here at ZDNet. In addition to being a funny guy, Hargrave was every bit the early adopter of technology while here at ZDNet.

By way of Bruce Schneier's blog comes ZUG editor in chief John Hargrave who used to be the official resident DOT COMedian here at ZDNet. In addition to being a funny guy, Hargrave was every bit the early adopter of technology while here at ZDNet. He played host to one of the Net's earliest on-demand video comedy shows (Computer Stew) and pioneered the idea of outfitting vehicles with wireless Internet access when he drove a Net-enabled (by him) Winnebago across the country. In a test of the effectiveness of airport security, Hargrave had a little too much fun at the TSA's expense and survived to tell about it:

My question was this: are the security checks really any more effective?.....

.....Maybe this is why the TSA employee was extremely courteous and polite. "I am going to run this wand over your body, and in some places I will touch you. I will only use the back of my hand. If at any time you feel uncomfortable, you may request a search in a private area." By "private area," I didn't know if he meant a separate room, or my grundle, but I wisely remained quiet.

"Do you have any prosthetic or medical implants or accessories on your body?" he asked.

"I have a medical device."

"Where?"

"In my pants."

If you need to bust a gut laughing, this is a must read.  And John, we miss you.

Topics: Security

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David Berlind was fomerly the executive editor of ZDNet. David holds a BBA in Computer Information Systems. Prior to becoming a tech journalist in 1991, David was an IT manager.

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