Laptops and the TSA
The New York Times tries to make sense of the TSA's policies on computers. Why do you have to take your tiny laptop out of your bag, but not your iPad? Their conclusion: security theater.
Posted on April 9, 2012 at 7:45 AM
Stupidity does predate the TSA.
In the old days of the mid-90s (before terrorism?) laptops were rarer and you often had to turn yours on to show that it was real and not a bomb.
So I turned on my linux laptop, it did the bios bit and came up at a text login prompt.
"No - you have to turn it on fully"
After a bit of confusion I worked out what he meant, logged in, typed "startx" and he saw the little mouse cursor move around and was happy
His training in foiling international terrorism had obviously consisted of begin shown a windows PC and told "that's a computer = it's allowed if it does that"
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