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I’ve been travelling professionally for a couple of years, I’m no expert like my friend Remco Hesper. He’s starting a blog on cultural differences when working in other cultures and how to mitigate the risks involved. (Something like that, right Remco.)
Inspired by his idea I put together a series of slides to help the first time and seasoned business travelers to prepare for their trip. Again a case of not being able to post this on WordPress, so find it on my Blogger. The Essential Business Traveler. Enjoy!
“The whole system is designed to catch stupid terrorists,” Schneier told me. A smart terrorist, he says, won’t try to bring a knife aboard a plane, as I had been doing; he’ll make his own, in the airplane bathroom. Schneier told me the recipe: “Get some steel epoxy glue at a hardware store. It comes in two tubes, one with steel dust and then a hardener. You make the mold by folding a piece of cardboard in two, and then you mix the two tubes together. You can use a metal spoon for the handle. It hardens in 15 minutes.”
In 2001, on the first anniversary of the World Trade Centre attacks, my father and I left New York on a Lufthansa bound for Frankfurt. I should even have the stubs somewhere. You would think that airport security would be heightened on the 11th or the days surrounding, as a precaution. Yet it isn’t. Added to this fact the [S]even in liquid bombs case to face retrial had occurred on the 10th.
On September 11th a friend of mine was travelling out from a UK airport. He had forgotten to put a 175ml bottle of liquid in his checked luggage, and without realizing the possible implications he had put it in his carry-on luggage. This wouldn’t be so funny if not for the fact that they made him take off his very long Dr Martin boots, which don’t contain any metal but a composite material. The bag and the boots went through the X-ray machine, and they then put the bag through a second time. They thanked him and he went on his way.
The problem? The bag contained 175ml bottle of a high quality nitrogen based liquid fertilizer in it’s original packaging.