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TSA takes interest in glowing Apple Design Award

18 June 2012 2,484 views No Comment

blue shirted tsa workers didn't know what to make of an apple developer's design award, a glowing box that had travelers talking at the airport.

So, you are an Apple iOS developer traveling home from the Worldwide Developer Conference and you put your Apple Design Award through the TSA’s baggage scanner, what do you think will happen? Blue shirted security people and travelers alike didn’t know what to make of the light emitting box and all of this tickled the developer pink.

The winning app was Game Collage’s Bobo Explores Light (App Store) for iPad and the dev posted musings about his recent Apple-inspired adventures in security theater:

As I was heading back to Seattle from WWDC, I was only traveling with a small backpack. I bundled the Apple Design Award into a t-shirt when I packed that morning, shoved it into my backpack, and forgot all about it when I got the airport. The backpack went through the x-ray machine and showed up as containing a perfect, black square.

The guy watching the screen from the x-ray machine called for another guy, and another guy, and pretty soon there was small crowd scrutinizing the image. The backpack came out, I sheepishly admitted to being the owner, and I was taken aside. When the TSA folks pulled the cube from my bag, it glowed.

Whispers passed over the crowd. After I explained that the cube is from Apple, the security folks reverently placed the futuristic artifact into its own plastic bin and ran it again through the x-ray machine. This time, the other passengers got a glimpse of what the commotion was about and, once again, it was the glow of the cube readily visible as it entered and exited the x-ray machine that sent a wave of whispers through the sizable gathering.

Eventually, the cube made its way back into my bag, but the curious gazes kept coming. I suspect I will be reading about “intercepted alien technology of unknown origin or purpose” on the blogosphere soon. What can I say? Apple knows how to design their products.

This is the kind of publicity money just can’t buy…

Pretty cool, eh?

Image via iJailBreak.es

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