DIY iPod charger mistaken for bomb
A TSA guard at JFK refused to let a passenger through because he thought their DIY iPod charger (above) looked like an IED.
I tell him it is a battery charger for my iPod. He asks if I made it myself, to which I reply that I purchased a kit over the internet. He says that he can't let me on the plane with it. I explain to him that I have flown with it 4-6 times a month for a year now and nobody has questioned it. He says, "Not on my watch and not with my people."
He swabs the device and runs it through the calorimeter. Again, no residue.
I ask why it can't be taken on the plane and he said, "Because it looks like an IED."
I understand being cautious when it comes to airport security, but this is ridiculous. This is basically some batteries and plastic glued to a USB port. Yeah, it looks suspicious, until you actually look at it. The police were eventually brought in and they determined it was fine, except they took the batteries. Because Lord knows what kind of mayhem you can do with two D sized batteries.