My parents flew home to Toronto from London yesterday, along with my brother and sister in law and my two-year-old nephew, Jaxon. At Heathrow 3, they encountered this bit of security theatre, as recounted by my mother:
Customs set aside Jaxon's diaper and food bags. Neil tasted the liquid that
had been poured into Jaxon's sippy cups - no problem. Then the guy said that
the 1 litre Rice Milk boxes couldn't be brought aboard the plane since they
exceeded the amount of liquid allowed (there was one full 1 litre box and an
opened box). Tara explained that Jax couldn't drink milk and they needed
this for the flight. She indicated that they'd be willing to taste the milk
but he would have none of it. Then a supervisor came over and said that if
the milk in the boxes was poured into baby bottles they could bring it on
board. So I was allowed to go to Boots (after going through passport control
and shoe control) to buy baby bottles for the Rice Milk to be poured into.
This I did and the milk got poured into the bottles and we were all allowed
to go (after Neil was asked to taste the milk and taste Jaxon's liquid
In the wake of the Paris attacks, the French National Assembly has declared a state of emergency with sweeping powers, without any substantial debate. Included in the bill are the power to order the nation’s ISPs to block websites without any judicial review or court order, and for authorities to seize and search electronic devices […]
The $825,000 Z Backscatter Vans the NYPD drives around the city look like regular police vans, but are equipped with powerful X-rays that can see through walls and vehicles. US Customs uses these things to scan cars and freight-containers, but only after they’re sure there are no people around.
“The End of the Internet Dream,” cyberlawyer Jennifer Granick’s keynote at Black Hat, was all anyone could talk about at this year’s Defcon — Black Hat being the grown-up, buttoned-down, military-industrial cousin to Defcon’s wild and exuberant anarchy.
Don’t get handcuffed by Apple’s standard 3-foot Lightning cord (that you’ve most likely already lost), treat yourself to 10 feet of luxurious charging convenience. The Colossal is certified by Apple for its high-end quality, and designed to support full use of your phone while you power up. You can also get it in a 2-pack […]
Today and tomorrow only we are offering an additional 15% off the entire Boing Boing store (some exclusions may apply). Simply use coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY at checkout! Below are a few of our favorites from the store: First Generation Lytro 16GB Camera: The First Consumer Camera to Capture the Entire Light FieldAdobe Training Videos: Lifetime Subscription: 6,000+ Adobe […]
Today only in the Boing Boing Store we are offering an extra 15% off of the below VPN deals just use coupon code: VPN15 at checkout. proXPN VPN: Premium Lifetime Subscription Surf the web with ultimate peace of mind – both at home and on the road – over proXPN’s fully-encrypted, lightning-fast servers. Your lifetime premium subscription […]