Report: Airport Security Tears A Man's Xbox 360 Apart

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Consumerist reader Adam thought it was safe to take his Xbox 360 on a plane with him. He'd received assurances from US Airways that it was. Uh, no. It wasn't.


Upon landing, Adam says he opened his luggage and found his Xbox 360 had been cracked open. He also found inside his luggage something he didn't put in there: a small ziploc back. Full of "tiny metal components". Components that used to be inside his Xbox 360, which was of course now completely busted.

Contacting US Airways for a "please explain", Adam was told "tough luck"; seems security suspected something was up with the 360 (even though it must surely be a fairly common item), and security feels it has no need to explain itself.

Our advice? A DS can fit in your carry-on baggage...

US Airways Takes Parts Out Of Xbox To Make Flying Safer [Consumerist]

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UPDATE - Headline originally placed blame on airline for the actual tearing. While the issue itself is 100% US Airway's fault for not knowing what was OK to put in a bad and what's not, it's not accurate saying they actually performed the teardown.



It's sad hearing stories like this. Not for the loss of an Xbox, or any videogame system, but because Airline security, and I suppose the Department of Homeland Security, makes a terrorist out of every American citizen. I live in Canada, and I remember a recent time where people flying into the US, weren't allowed to wear shoes on the plane for fear someone had shoe-bombs or something. The paranoia is getting kind of ridiculous.

And while I truly understand that the threat is there, all this fear and worry proves one thing: the terrorists won. The entire point of terrorism is to spread fear and mistrust. That's exactly what's happening. I don't even recall hearing about tensions being this high during the Cold War.