Puff the Slow Ass Dragon

Warning to all the frequent fliers out there, the TSA is installing bomb-detection equipment known as “puffer machines” in airports nationwide. Both Dulles and National got their own puffers on Monday and if my experience in Miami was any guide, security lines are gonna be stupid-long.

There I stepped into what looks like a little plastic closet with a glass door at one end, the other open. A puff of air shot up from below (can you say Seven Year Itch?) and then a few seconds later, the chime sounded and the doors opened. Nice and easy yes, fast, um, not at all. Add in the slow-pokes always in front of you and line waits will easily double on busy flight days.

Good luck frequent flyers, its gonna be a long wait.

2 Comments so far

  1. Don (unregistered) on January 11th, 2006 @ 10:00 am

    Concourse C, Wayan? Coming back on the 25th I saw that off to the side; there seemed to be no rhyme or reason to who they sent over there and who went through the regular bit of security theatre. You’re not doing credit to how loudly weird the thing is, though. I was so intrigued that I almost asked to be sent over through it, only stopping myself at the last second when I remembered that Different == Terrorist now. I’d have been examined by Puff the Latex Glove Dragon rather than the bomb sniffer, I suspect…


  2. wayan (unregistered) on January 11th, 2006 @ 3:58 pm

    I went through it in Miami and everyone was sent in. That puff is a funny feeling – the blast is rather strong and from below. I asked the guard if he ever got a flashing from summer dress wearing patrons and he laughed with a wink in his eye.

    Note to self, let the hottie in the flowing skirt pass me in line next time.



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