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November 18, 2010

Are airport X-ray scanners harmful?

“While the risk of getting a fatal cancer from the screening is minuscule, it’s about equal to the probability that an airplane will get blown up by a terrorist, he added.”

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December 30, 2008

Carrying Gunpowder through Airport Security

Because if they’re in small containers in a plastic baggie, they *can’t* be dangerous…

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October 18, 2008

The Things He Carried

Great piece on the “security theatre” at airports that inconvenience travellers, but do nothing to improve security. Particularly enjoy the author going through screening wearing a “beer belly”, but having his bottle of water confiscated.

October 8, 2008

TSA calls Newark screener a one-person crime wave

Stealing a $48k professional video camera and trying to sell it on eBay? Not smart.

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July 11, 2007

Fake bomb eludes airport test -- Times Union - Albany NY

Hooray for the TSA and their water-divining machinery.

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February 22, 2007

Schneier on Security: CYA Security

I U+2665 Bruce Schneier. “Much of our country’s counterterrorism security spending is not designed to protect us from the terrorists, but instead to protect our public officials from criticism when another attack occurs.”

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November 22, 2006

Ask the pilot | Salon Technology

Patrick Smith’s mother causes confusion at the airline security counter: Is it OK to take marinara sauce (which is a liquid) onto a plane if it’s frozen (which makes it a solid)? Ah, I feel safer already.

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October 5, 2006

Unlikely Terrorists On No-Fly List, Steve Kroft Reports List Includes President Of Bolivia, Dead 9/11 Hijackers - CBS News

CBS News has got their hands on the TSA’s “No-Fly List”. Sucks to be a Gary Smith or a Robert Johnson.

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October 1, 2006

New Air-Travel Guidelines | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

“The ban was a necessary precaution. We have to be willing to make these kinds of sacrifices if we’re going to prevent scientifically impossible terrorist attacks.”

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September 26, 2006

Something I Learned Today Going Through Security at Logan Airport

When they say that, due to relaxed heightened security measures, you can only take “travel sized toothpaste” through the security checkpoint when flying, offering to squeeze out the excess toothpaste from your regular sized tube until it weighs less than 3oz won’t cut it.

But the unamused reaction to my offer from the TSA agent was fun, so I think I’m going to purchase another full sized tube and offer again on my flight back.

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August 18, 2006

Faces, Too, Are Searched at U.S. Airports - New York Times

Good move by the TSA: Investing in training screeners with the ability to pick out suspicious characters at the airport; skills that can be used regardless of whether a “bad guy” is planning on using liquids, boxcutters, or dental floss as part of their “plot”.

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This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

I'm the co-founder of Sōsh, your handy-dandy guide for things to do in San Francisco this weekend.