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

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.

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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.

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  • As long as it's not a liquid, it's okay

    Funny bit from author Neil Gaiman today:
    http://www.neilgaiman.com/journal/2006/09/terrorism-and-my-toothpaste.html

    I have just read the TSA list of permitted and prohibited items in full.

    Toothpaste is out.
    Hairgel is out.
    "Topical or rash creams" are out.
    Lip gels are out.
    Shampoos and conditioners are out.
    Personal lubricants are... just fine.

    I blink. I find I'm suddenly unsure whether or not that means exactly what I'm certain it does mean, so I google "personal lubricants" and yes, it's talking about exactly what I think it's talking about. Up to 4 oz. of personal lubricants are just fine.... practically the only liquid you can take with you onto a plane.

    um....

    I think I must be losing it.

    For a moment there, I really planned to drive up to a drug store, buy a 4 oz container of personal lubricant, empty it out, wash it and refill it with toothpaste.
    tic swayback
    • What the heck is a "personal lubricant?"

      Is that like eye-wetter for people who wear contacts? (airplane air can really dry your eyes up).

      db
      dberlind
      • Google is your friend

        Do a google search for the letters "KY" and ignore all the Kentucky sites.
        tic swayback
  • Air traveler arrested for penis pump

    He probably did not read the story of the guy arrested for a penis pump:
    http://www.zoliblog.com/blog/_archives/2006/8/24/2262505.html
    Zoli Erdos