Security-related questions

Bill Parr w.parr at
Sat Apr 26 16:55:02 UTC 2008

I travel internationally quite frequently - boarding at least 4
international flights per month in a variety of countries, most months more
- and haven't had to even open my laptop in at least 5 years. 5 years or
more ago I was often ask to just open my computer - to in effect demonstrate
that either the boot screen came up, or (if I had put it to sleep) that it
was capable of being started.
Bill Parr


From: kubuntu-users-bounces at
[mailto:kubuntu-users-bounces at] On Behalf Of Jonathan Jesse
Sent: Saturday, April 26, 2008 8:49 PM
To: Kubuntu Help and User Discussions
Subject: Re: Security-related questions

For all these people compalining about border guards and TSA agents and
everything searching a computer's hard drive, how often are you actually
traveling?  I am through an airport every other week and sometimes 3 or 4
times through an airport in one week and yet have had a security guard open
up my laptop let alone force me to login etc.... Just trying to put that
into perspective with what you hear.  I am routinely "randomly selected" for
more intensive screening as well, but still no one has stolen my laptop,
turned it or forced me to login.
Keep the paranoia down slightly (unless you have something to hide)


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