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August 12, 2003

Laptop Fondling

Posted by Mike on August 12, 2003 4:24 PM

WIRED has a bit about increased scrutiny of consumer electronics at airport inspection stops. Does anyone remember anticipating air travel?

The best parts of the article come from the hysterical geeks they found:

"Most of us regard our computers as equivalent to members of the family, and some have even stronger feelings," said computer security researcher Robert Ferrell. "I guarantee you that anyone who messes with my laptop without my express permission is in for a world of hurt."

and an equally hysterical New Jerseyite:

"If it comes down to a choice between my life and the sanctity of your laptop, you better believe I'll be first in line to help the security folks rip apart your computer," said Peter Vengelle, who was waiting for a flight at Newark Liberty International Airport on Wednesday night. "

If I hadn't personally experienced more efficient air travel around the Soviet Union when it was still the Soviet Union, I think I'd be less bugged. As it is, I've got to hand it to the commies: they were either much less intrusive, or just had much more efficient screeners. Or maybe both.