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.

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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.