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Old 08-15-2006, 04:08 PM   #1
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Gadgets Books and Planes = A bad cocktail

News has been a bit slow the last couple of days. So I thought I get some get some good old fashioned reader participation going on. Unless your either been off-world or on a Desert Island since last week, you'll be aware the latest suspected security threat at Heathrow Airport. - Hand luggage had been practically banned, everything must be in the cargo hold. Which if you going on a long flight, means you had better pray the onboard movies are good. So my question to you mobilereaders, is how have you been effected by this?

I was flying back from Seattle to Heathrow the day after all this kicked off. My flight was delayed by 9 hours and the book I bought in the Terminal I had to leave behind. My iLiad was all wrapped up in a large piece of material (or so I thought) when I eventually got to London. My stuff had been searched again before being put on the plane, the iLiad was loose in among the cables from my laptop. Luckily for me it didn't have a scratch on it.

So dear reader, did you leave a copy of Harry Potter behind in some exotic airport? Were you gadgets jiggled around in a way you didn't like? (sounds wrong)

Vent your frustrations here.
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Old 08-15-2006, 04:13 PM   #2
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At the time I was thinking maybe the airlines could remove a couple of the toilets, and install a well stocked library of approved books.
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Old 08-15-2006, 04:24 PM   #3
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Instead of having people throw their stuff away, they could manage a purser locker to the flight attendant's care and good sense.
Of course paranoļa stiffles reasoning and positive imagination !
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Old 08-15-2006, 09:21 PM   #4
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I'm pretty sure that's been on the confiscation list since 09/12/01
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So can passengers check-in their notebooks or gadgets? Assuming they trust them with the cargo folks ...

If not, are travellers in, to or fro US supposed to send their electronic stuffs via UPS before taking a flight?
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Good idea Snappy, I'd happily do that if I were going to the US. However knowing the UK they would try an charge me import tax on my 2 year old work laptop
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Good idea Snappy, I'd happily do that if I were going to the US. However knowing the UK they would try an charge me import tax on my 2 year old work laptop
Um... You know that you've been able to take electronic items (and others) on the plane since yesterday morning...?
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Um... You know that you've been able to take electronic items (and others) on the plane since yesterday morning...?
But various countries are now also seriously considering introducing a permanent ban.
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