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(Gizmodo)   Make sure your cell phone/ipad/laptop is fully charged before heading to the airport. Because if it won't turn on, you ain't gettin' on that plane   (gizmodo.com) divider line 240
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2014-07-06 09:43:12 PM
I remember back in the dark ages pre-9/11 and pre-everybody carrying all sorts of tech having to power on a laptop and show a boot screen to the agent.  As well as making a pager or cell phone do something on the screen.

I think they stopped it when everybody had a device of some sort and it was completely holding up lines.
 
2014-07-06 09:58:18 PM
I miss the days when everyone wasn't so goddamned psychotic. They practically strip search you at Disney World, ffs. And they don't even ask nicely.
 
2014-07-06 10:02:36 PM
The TSA is full of shiat.
 
2014-07-06 10:39:06 PM
Land of the Free*
Home of the Brave**

* Not valid in all areas
** Historical reference only, not applicable to current residents
 
2014-07-06 10:59:50 PM
But will they still fondle your balls?
 
2014-07-06 11:00:35 PM

Abaddon The Despoiler: But will they still fondle your balls?


If you gots the app, they'll diddle your lap!!!
 
2014-07-06 11:01:08 PM
I'm signing up for TSA precheck. This is bullshiat.
 
2014-07-06 11:03:40 PM
Another case of a rule-making that is based on false logic.  The logic being that a device gimmicked to be a bomb, can't also be made to seem functional, with a screen display that lights up and looks legit.  This is another one of those rules that will only catch the very dumbest of the dumb. And when it fails to stop an attack, the inevitable over-reaction will be banning everything across a wide spectrum, or running it thru redundant additional checks that can't keep up with traffic demands.
 
2014-07-06 11:03:40 PM

HaywoodJablonski: I'm signing up for TSA precheck. This is bullshiat.


Read the article, it's for foreign airports with U.S.-Bound flights.  Pre-check doesn't apply at foreign airports.
 
2014-07-06 11:03:55 PM
Valid question, what happens if you're on vacation/business trip and your phone/computer/pad breaks? You don't want to throw it away, you don't have anywhere or time to fix it on vacation/business trip, and to top it off you only brought a carry on bag and can't afford/don't want to pay the checked bag fee. How do you get your broken device home?
 
2014-07-06 11:04:47 PM
So the TSA is effectively banning iPhones.Got it.
 
2014-07-06 11:05:17 PM

HaywoodJablonski: I'm signing up for TSA precheck. This is bullshiat.


The canadian program costs half as much, with more benefits, if you live anywhere near a processing center for them.
 
2014-07-06 11:05:26 PM

tjsands1118: Valid question, what happens if you're on vacation/business trip and your phone/computer/pad breaks? You don't want to throw it away, you don't have anywhere or time to fix it on vacation/business trip, and to top it off you only brought a carry on bag and can't afford/don't want to pay the checked bag fee. How do you get your broken device home?


Ship it.
 
2014-07-06 11:05:52 PM
Oh goodie.  Now my Kindle that won't boot up properly after going through the x-ray machine will get confiscated.

/not uncommon problem in the older ones
 
2014-07-06 11:06:13 PM
Great, just great. Spouse is travelling on business, didn't take his charger and now his phone's dead.
 
2014-07-06 11:06:14 PM
This is only going to hold people up at the lines, cost the airlines in re-bookings and pissed off passengers.

Since it will cost the airlines money, their lobbyists will be working overtime to get rid of it.   I'd give it a month or so.
 
2014-07-06 11:06:14 PM
They've been doing this for a decade or so at Heathrow.
 
2014-07-06 11:06:14 PM
This will last until Simone important throws a fit
 
2014-07-06 11:06:25 PM
People on cell phones annoy other drivers.
 
2014-07-06 11:06:53 PM

ilikeracecars: So the TSA is effectively banning iPhones.Got it.


I fly internationally quite a bit and Iphone users are by far the most annoying on the plane.
 
2014-07-06 11:06:54 PM

BafflerMeal: Oh goodie.  Now my Kindle that won't boot up properly after going through the x-ray machine will get confiscated.

/not uncommon problem in the older ones


I don't understand why their existing explosives detection swabs won't work.
 
2014-07-06 11:06:55 PM
I worked with one smartass who years ago was told to make his beeper beep. He said "beep beep" and they waved him on.
 
2014-07-06 11:07:46 PM
Of all the crazy crap the TSA has come up with, this one actually makes a modicum of sense. You could still hide a lot of boom in a laptop, but I suppose it would be much less so if it still has to at least come on.
 
2014-07-06 11:07:46 PM
This can actually be a source of fun and tension-breaking if your portable device does something interesting like playing a little melody when a special key is pressed.
 
2014-07-06 11:07:52 PM

Abaddon The Despoiler: tjsands1118: Valid question, what happens if you're on vacation/business trip and your phone/computer/pad breaks? You don't want to throw it away, you don't have anywhere or time to fix it on vacation/business trip, and to top it off you only brought a carry on bag and can't afford/don't want to pay the checked bag fee. How do you get your broken device home?

Ship it.


And then get stuck paying customs fees.
 
2014-07-06 11:08:13 PM
Would it be that hard to make a laptop go boom if it turned on really?

It might be easier. Thinking to myself....rerouting usb ports with moldable stuff inside laptop...hello nsa.

\This needs to be in a movie.
 
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2014-07-06 11:08:19 PM
Let's use El Al and get it over with.
 
2014-07-06 11:08:47 PM

ilikeracecars: So the TSA is effectively banning iPhones.Got it.


The spring on my iPhone's power button broke a while back, and the only way to turn it on is to plug it into an outlet or computer. I suppose I would have to keep my phone on while going through security.
 
2014-07-06 11:09:34 PM

ElLoco: Of all the crazy crap the TSA has come up with, this one actually makes a modicum of sense. You could still hide a lot of boom in a laptop, but I suppose it would be much less so if it still has to at least come on.


If you think this is going to stop a group of determined bad guys, you've really been drinking some mighty fine Kool-Aid.
 
2014-07-06 11:10:19 PM

Walosi: Abaddon The Despoiler: tjsands1118: Valid question, what happens if you're on vacation/business trip and your phone/computer/pad breaks? You don't want to throw it away, you don't have anywhere or time to fix it on vacation/business trip, and to top it off you only brought a carry on bag and can't afford/don't want to pay the checked bag fee. How do you get your broken device home?

Ship it.

And then get stuck paying customs fees.


Better than Broom Hilda giving you a full cavity search before she pockets said device anyway.
 
2014-07-06 11:10:25 PM
I don't read Gizmodo links because I can't stand their javascript bullshiat, but I came here assuming the article was about some hipster who couldn't board a flight because his phone died and he couldn't present his eTicket.

I might be old, but I can't imagine walking through an airport without a physical ticket.  One of the only  things dumber than not taking a minute to print a ticket at the airport kiosk is handing a cop your cell phone as proof of insurance.
 
2014-07-06 11:11:03 PM
It's not a dog toy, it's a joke telephone.
 
2014-07-06 11:11:04 PM

Porous Horace: This can actually be a source of fun and tension-breaking if your portable device does something interesting like playing a little melody when a special key is pressed.


Push a button, hear "I'm a Thirty Second Bomb!", every body pissed their pants and stares at it...
 
2014-07-06 11:11:23 PM
About 8 years ago I was travelling a lot on business, and would occasionally have a security screener say "turn on the laptop for me".

So I'd jump in his lap and start stroking his dick.  I never got kicked off a plane, and got a few phone numbers.

/jk, they wanted to see the computer start up like a computer.  The boot screen was enough.
 
2014-07-06 11:12:12 PM
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2014-07-06 11:12:54 PM

Abaddon The Despoiler: tjsands1118: Valid question, what happens if you're on vacation/business trip and your phone/computer/pad breaks? You don't want to throw it away, you don't have anywhere or time to fix it on vacation/business trip, and to top it off you only brought a carry on bag and can't afford/don't want to pay the checked bag fee. How do you get your broken device home?

Ship it.


zomg has anyone stopped to consider turrerism on UPS/FEDEX planes!?!?!

we gotta start checking e v e r y t h i n g

Is that a box of stuffed animals shipping overseas?
It is?
How the fark are we supposed to know that unless we check them all?

And how can i sleep at night without knowing my government has achieved total information awareness??

I CANT, THATS HOW

Porous Horace: This can actually be a source of fun and tension-breaking if your portable device does something interesting like playing a little melody when a special key is pressed.


I would like to recommend either The Price Is Right loser music or an excerpt from the louder portion of a nasty porno
 
2014-07-06 11:13:24 PM

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: HaywoodJablonski: I'm signing up for TSA precheck. This is bullshiat.

The canadian program costs half as much, with more benefits, if you live anywhere near a processing center for them.


AmEx reimburses me 100% though. And I'm closer to the other border
 
2014-07-06 11:13:55 PM

rebelyell2006: Porous Horace: This can actually be a source of fun and tension-breaking if your portable device does something interesting like playing a little melody when a special key is pressed.

Push a button, hear "I'm a Thirty Second Bomb!", every body pissed their pants and stares at it...


That's not funny, Pvt. Rico!
 
2014-07-06 11:15:08 PM
Israel and some other countries have this program where they teach people to read body language, it would be nice if this was attempted in the United States.

Also profiling based on race should be a consideration.  Ninety year old ladies are a lesser risk then 22 year old men with connections to the middle-east.  Sorry if that makes your flight more difficult nice person with a technology work visa in the United States.  Life isn't always fair.
 
2014-07-06 11:15:51 PM

Enemabag Jones: Would it be that hard to make a laptop go boom if it turned on really?

It might be easier. Thinking to myself....rerouting usb ports with moldable stuff inside laptop...hello nsa.

\This needs to be in a movie.


Pretty sure Clancy or one of his contemporaries covered that exact scenario.
 
2014-07-06 11:16:08 PM
The important thing is that this protects the country from attacks by Islamic fundamentalists.
 
2014-07-06 11:16:20 PM

ilikeracecars: So the TSA is effectively banning iPhones.Got it.


I doubt it. I'VE NEVER seen anyone turn off an iPhone in an airport or on a plane in my life. In fact, I've seen more than a few iPhone users chuckle with glee when asked to turn off all electronics and they merely black the screen.
 
2014-07-06 11:16:23 PM

tjsands1118: Valid question, what happens if you're on vacation/business trip and your phone/computer/pad breaks? You don't want to throw it away, you don't have anywhere or time to fix it on vacation/business trip, and to top it off you only brought a carry on bag and can't afford/don't want to pay the checked bag fee. How do you get your broken device home?


You set it asail on the river of tears you have cried and the TSA agents will play a high and lonesome dirge on their tiny violins.
 
2014-07-06 11:16:48 PM

LessO2: HaywoodJablonski: I'm signing up for TSA precheck. This is bullshiat.

Read the article, it's for foreign airports with U.S.-Bound flights.  Pre-check doesn't apply at foreign airports.


Don't care. Flying 90% domestic indefinitely.
 
2014-07-06 11:17:37 PM

HaywoodJablonski: I'm signing up for TSA precheck. This is bullshiat.


If you ever travel overseas, or think you might in the next few years, apply for Global Entry. It's $15 more and TSA PreCheck is included. It's paid for itself several times over and I've only had it for a year.

LessO2: HaywoodJablonski: I'm signing up for TSA precheck. This is bullshiat.

Read the article, it's for foreign airports with U.S.-Bound flights.  Pre-check doesn't apply at foreign airports.


Nothing applies at foreign airports, especially in Asia. They do all kinds of crazy arbitrary stuff. However, I've found that since I started getting the TSA PreCheck (not sure why they bother in Asia) and Delta SkyPriority notations on my boarding pass, in the places where an agent has more discretion they seem to just pass me through without much of a second thought.
 
2014-07-06 11:18:12 PM
Alternative headline:

Air passengers now required to present 10 minutes earlier at TSA check*
*Passengers with mobile phones carrying a charge exempt
 
2014-07-06 11:18:40 PM
i ship my laptop to and from my mainland trips.
 
2014-07-06 11:18:55 PM

BizarreMan: I remember back in the dark ages pre-9/11 and pre-everybody carrying all sorts of tech having to power on a laptop and show a boot screen to the agent.  As well as making a pager or cell phone do something on the screen.

I think they stopped it when everybody had a device of some sort and it was completely holding up lines.


Yep.  I remember that going on in the early 90s.  Laptop won't power on, it's not flying.
 
2014-07-06 11:19:06 PM

BretMavrik: HaywoodJablonski: I'm signing up for TSA precheck. This is bullshiat.

If you ever travel overseas, or think you might in the next few years, apply for Global Entry. It's $15 more and TSA PreCheck is included. It's paid for itself several times over and I've only had it for a year.

LessO2: HaywoodJablonski: I'm signing up for TSA precheck. This is bullshiat.

Read the article, it's for foreign airports with U.S.-Bound flights.  Pre-check doesn't apply at foreign airports.

Nothing applies at foreign airports, especially in Asia. They do all kinds of crazy arbitrary stuff. However, I've found that since I started getting the TSA PreCheck (not sure why they bother in Asia) and Delta SkyPriority notations on my boarding pass, in the places where an agent has more discretion they seem to just pass me through without much of a second thought.


Now there's a sound opinion. AmEx refunds global entry as well, and I didn't realize that covered Pre-check.

+1 to you
 
2014-07-06 11:19:13 PM
A brick of C4 would be better hidden in an external hard drive case. Powering on a device is pointless in preventing explosives from getting on planes.
 
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