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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

Hi Dave--

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
 with me.

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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