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[liberationtech] I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you.

Cecilia Tanaka cecilia.tanaka at
Thu Feb 16 21:14:49 PST 2017

On Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 2:29 AM, Andrés Leopoldo Pacheco Sanfuentes <
alps6085 at> wrote:

> On the other hand, i was talking only about meddling with the private
> information on your phone.

​The problem was exactly this:  I had no electronics with me and they were
searching for 'something'.  I had the same kind of problem twice in the
same country.  The last but one travel was less traumatic physically, but
was a similar disaster in psychological aspects.  I had only an old tablet
with me and they examined it without my presence, what made me feel *very*
uncomfortable.  It was taken for few minutes only, but it was time enough
to make me feel insecure about data.  Not mine, but my loved ones' data.
You can think I am a dramatic paranoid, but it was the reason why my last
travel had absolutely no electronics.


> The experience you mention is about physically roughing up travelers and
> stealing personal belongings from the suitcase, something well documented
> in many Latin American countries. In fact, the latter is why people wrap
> luggage in plastic at the airport, or use locks, etc...

​They destroyed my lock and *also* the suitcase.  It was a pretty cute red
suitcase with a pink metal padlock and a big pink satin ribbon.​  They put
the broken padlock inside the suitcase, which was cut as half of the
ribbon.  It was *not* a thief, who did this evil act was the people that
should protect us.  :(
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