Adam Curry had an interesting post on his travel experiences recently, especially with his TSA experience. I’ve had some interesting experiences with the TSA, and I generally assume I’ll take half an hour to get through security these days.
Frankly, I really worry when the TSA doesn’t pull me aside and search all my belongings. If I were a TSA employee and saw the stuff I carry when I travel, I’d probably request a background check and fingerprints.
On my most recent trip to PodCamp Philly, my luggage contained:
- A 750 GB external hard drive plus firewire cables and AC adapter
- A Logitech MM50 media player plus cabling, case, and remote
- Two sets of headphones, one noise cancelling, plus battery chargers for them
- A Nikon D40 plus USB cables and battery charger
- A Sanyo VPC CG65 plus cables and battery charger
- A MacBook Pro plus cabling
- A 5 GB iPod plus dock cable, AC adapter, and USB
- An M-Audio Microtrack plus adapter and charger
- An Audio Technica PRO/24 condenser mic plus cabling and batteries
- A Samson C01U large diaphragm condenser mic plus cabling
- An Airport Express wireless access point plus Ethernet cable
- Several Ethernet cables
- Lots of USB to mini-USB cables
- A Nokia N91 phone plus data cable, car charger, and desktop charger
- Two USB card readers plus cabling
- A Plantronic bluetooth headset plus charger
I worry when security looks at all of that in the X-Ray (because I don’t check the luggage – it’s all a carry-on) machine and doesn’t wonder what the heck I’m doing. And all of that, by the way, weighs only 38 pounds.