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[liberationtech] Travel with notebook habit

Maxim Kammerer mk at
Fri Dec 28 03:46:03 PST 2012

On Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 10:49 AM, Julian Oliver <julian at> wrote:
> I've been extensively questioned at the border on a few occassions over the
> years /because/ my laptops don't have a Desktop as such, no icons either. Both
> my arms were grabbed at the Australian border as I reached to type 'firefox' in
> a terminal, to start the browser in an attempt to show them a normal looking
> environment.

I think that in such a discussion, it is necessary to distinguish
between border guards wanting to look at your data, and border guards
wanting to make sure that your laptop is not a bomb (given the limited
training they receive on the subject). The situation that you describe
looks more like the latter than the former (although clearly there
might be omitted details).

Maxim Kammerer
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