Tuesday, 8 August 2006

Life has too many secret decoder rings

In this day and age, with increased personal mobility, relying on people to know the local rules and mores is getting a bit outmoded. The most recent case in point is encapsulated in Steven Taylor’s last run-in with the good people protecting the skies from toenail clippers at the Transportation Security Agency:

[I]f they want everyone to remove their shoes, there should be a sign.


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[Permalink] 1. Scott wrote @ Wed, 9 Aug 2006, 7:09 am CDT:

Well, the shoe thing is probably not about metal in the shoes (shoebomber, anyone). As someone with a very large foot who ALWAYS gets asked to remove their shoes, my advice is: get used to it. I have started untying my shoes before I ever get to the checkpoint. I now just automatically put them in a bin and walk, sock-clad, through the check point….AFTER I automatically handed them my laptop which I have already switched on for their convenience.

Also, don’t expect the rocket surgeons working the checkpoint to be up to date on permitted items. For example, razors, scissors, tools smaller than seven inches (don’t….your joke won’t be nearly as funny as you think), screwdrivers, up to 4 books of matches, syringes (under diabetes related equipment), nail files, nail clippers, corkscrews, and cigar cutters are currently permitted (among many other items).

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