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Comment: Re:that pre dates 9/11. laptops from late 90's for (Score 1) 184

by pcardoso (#48580451) Attached to: Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

When leaving the US I had to power up my HP48 and try to explain it was a calculator and how to do a sum using RPN.

It was in 1998, shortly after the Swissair 111 flight and there was no explanation for the crash.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swissair_Flight_111

Comment: Re:This is nothing new. (Score 1) 702

by pcardoso (#47399863) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

I went to NY for a week with my family in 1998. As I was just starting my engineering degree I took the opportunity to get a HP 48G calculator which at the time was much cheaper in the US.

I remember having to explain in broken english to the security guard (pre-TSA) that this was a working calculator and that it could do math. RPN here didn't help at all, but eventually she let me go.

This happened shortly after Swissair 111.

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