Scene from an airport security check

Screener: Is this your laptop, sir?
Rick: Yes sir, it is. Is there a problem?
Screener: (Stands; Line comes to a stop; Whispers.) Yes. There is.
Rick: Um, okay? I took it out of my backpack like I was supposed to …
Screener: You did. But what did you do then?
Rick: … I don’t understand?
Screener: You put your shoes into the bin — on the laptop.
Rick: Yeah. Was I not supposed to? I just figured it was a waste of a bin …
Screener: Do you know what sneakers look like in one of these machines?
Rick: Absolutely no idea, sir.
Screener: (Lowers voice even lower.) Plastic explosives.
Rick: !!!
Screener: Yes, sir. Explosives.
Rick: !!!
Screener: You see how this might be a problem, sir?
Rick: Um, yeah.
Screener: That’s why we ask for your laptop in a bin by itself. No extra wires or cables or anything else.
Rick: I see.
Screener: When we see something that looks like sophisticated electronics and something that looks like plastic explosives on the same screen …
Rick: … you get a little twitchy. Yeah, sorry about that. I had no idea.
Screener: Most people don’t, sir. That’s why I prefer to take the time and explain things.
Rick: Well, thanks, I guess.
Screener: Have a nice flight, sir.

Published by Rick Osborne

I am a web geek who has been doing this sort of thing entirely too long. I rant, I muse, I whine. That is, I am not at all atypical for my breed.