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Airport Security on the 11th? #risk

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In 2001, on the first anniversary of the World Trade Centre attacks, my father and I left New York on a Lufthansa bound for Frankfurt. I should even have the stubs somewhere. You would think that airport security would be heightened on the 11th or the days surrounding, as a precaution. Yet it isn’t. Added to this fact the [S]even in liquid bombs case to face retrial had occurred on the 10th.

On September 11th a friend of mine was travelling out from a UK airport. He had forgotten to put a 175ml bottle of liquid in his checked luggage, and without realizing the possible implications he had put it in his carry-on luggage. This wouldn’t be so funny if not for the fact that they made him take off his very long Dr Martin boots, which don’t contain any metal but a composite material. The bag and the boots went through the X-ray machine, and they then put the bag through a second time. They thanked him and he went on his way.

The problem? The bag contained 175ml bottle of a high quality nitrogen based liquid fertilizer in it’s original packaging.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

September 17, 2008 at 9:19 pm

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Airport to scan laptops for “illegal” downloads

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Thanks to Jeremiah Cornelius who send me the article Airport scans for illegal downloads on iPods, mobile phones and laptops

“iPods, mobile phones and laptops could be examined by airport customs officials for illegal downloads under strict new counterfeiting measures being considered by G8 governments this week”

In the Netherlands it is perfectly legal to download “illegal” content, but not to upload it. It falls under a copy for personal use, whether you have the original or not. So when I travel my computer has some “illegal” data on it. According to a recent consumer program on Dutch TV since the actual downloading takes place in the Netherlands where it is legal to download the rest of the EU can’t do anything about it.The problem is that they will try to enforce it even when the illegal act took place in a country where it wasn’t illegal.

Another problem is that I can make copies for my personal use in most European companies, I’m not going to bring my collection of movies and music when I travel I want to bring my music. How can they proof that I downloaded it?

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 13, 2008 at 8:22 pm

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