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LOL, this is great, even though I'm not a huge fan of apple..... , I guess another reason why you SHOULDN'T buy one.....

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MacBook Air confuses airport security

The MacBook Air's thin design is causing some confusion for the technically ignorant, according to one blogger who says that the ultra-portable caused him to miss his flight. When going through the TSA airport security checkpoint, blogger Michael Nygard was held up as security staff gathered around his MacBook Air, trying to make sense of the slender laptop. One of the less technically knowledgeable staff points out the lack of standard features as cause for alarm.

"I'm standing, watching my laptop on the table, listening to security clucking just behind me," Nygard recalls of the situation. "'There's no drive," one says. 'And no ports on the back. It has a couple of lines where the drive should be,' she continues."

Nygard was made to wait until a younger agent came over to the gathering to inform his comrades of their error, that it is indeed a laptop and not a "device". After making three attempts to describe the concept of a flash-based hard drive, security lets Nygard through the checkpoint, only to go back to the service center to rebook, as his flight had since left.

http://www.macnn.com/articles/08/03/...air.confusing/

From the blog:

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A younger agent, joins the crew. I must now be occupying ten, perhaps twenty, percent of the security force. At this checkpoint anyway. There are three score more at the other five checkpoints. The new arrival looks at the printouts from x-ray, looks at my laptop sitting small and alone. He tells the others that it is a real laptop, not a "device". That it has a solid-state drive instead of a hard disc. They don't know what he means. He tries again, "Instead of a spinning disc, it keeps everything in flash memory." Still no good. "Like the memory card in a digital camera." He points to the x-ray, "Here. That's what it uses instead of a hard drive."

The senior agent hasn't been trained for technological change. New products on the market? They haven't been TSA approved.
Probably shouldn't be permitted. He requires me to open the "device" and run a program. I do, and despite his inclination, the lead agent decides to release me and my troublesome laptop. My flight is long gone now, so I head for the service center to get rebooked.

Behind me, I hear the younger agent, perhaps not realizing that even the TSA must obey TSA rules, repeating himself.

"It's a MacBook Air."
http://www.michaelnygard.com/blog/20...ss_my_fli.html
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Yeah, perfect reason not to get one.

Guess you didn't see this posted a couple days ago.
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I searched? and didn't see it .... I looked back a till earlier in the week when this was posted and didn't see anything in the hardware section.

Sorry, oh wells...
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As if you could hide a bomb inside that stupidly small thing
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Repost lol
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Liability View Post
As if you could hide a bomb inside that stupidly small thing
Heh, yeah, to do any damage the thing would have to be made of pure explosives, and wouldn't have room for the laptop parts to fool the guards
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Liability View Post
As if you could hide a bomb inside that stupidly small thing
Now there's a reason you shouldn't buy one.
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