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Sweet moment in airport security
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2006 08:12:19 -0500
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From: Ted Nelson <tandm () xanadu net>
Date: November 23, 2006 3:32:33 AM EST
To: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Cc: Ted Nelson <tandm () xanadu net>
Subject: Sweet moment in airport security
Reply-To: tandm () xanadu net
Last week I went through security at Newark. I had just put
my carry-on, pocket stuff, laptop and shoes on the belt
and was standing in stocking feet waiting to go through
the metal detection arch. A dozen people were in line
for the arch ahead of me.
I looked down. There was a bin full of discarded bottles.
Most, but not all, were plastic.
I espied a long, thin bottle of dark fluid. "Tawny Port,"
it said, "20 years old." Unopened.
I picked it up. Nobody cared.
I opened the plastic. Nobody cared.
I uncorked it. Nobody cared.
I took a fine, heady draught of very very nice port.
Other passengers were curious but declined to share it
Regretfully I put it back in the bin and strode through
the arch, feeling for once that I had not been violated,
but elevated, by the Security Experience.
Theodor Holm Nelson
Visiting Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute
Visiting Professor, University of Southampton
Founder, Project Xanadu
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- Sweet moment in airport security David Farber (Nov 23)