Re: airline travel with hitech gear? (a bit offtopic)
From: "Russell Coker" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> On Tue, 11 Feb 2003 07:15, Joris wrote:
> > I know it has little to do with debian on laptops (altough a non-windows
> > OS booting meight look suspecious to customs), but:
> You must have some charge in your battery when going through the security
> checks as they will want to see the machine running.
The last time I flew (Christmas) they didn't care about powering it up - but
they actually used some kind of sniffer. I always thought it would be trivial
to fill a laptop with explosives and enough ROM & battery to make it look like
it was working. So this time they didn't care that it 'worked', and actually
checked for bombs. Still, just-in-case, make sure it will boot before going
through. That time I'd just spent an hour getting the damn thing to start
because I was having trouble with a flakey touchpad, and they didn't even want
me to turn it on :-)
> Often they will wait for it to "boot Windows" and you have to explain to them
> that is never going to happen and that it runs Linux.
Never had that happen in Canada.
> That's mandatory. Anything breakable in checked luggage will probably be
Anything stealable will probably be stolen. Especially now that they may well
have x-rays in baggage to allow them to know _which_ luggage has valuables :-(