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.

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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.

DISCUSSION

Dante_Ravenkin
Dante_Ravenkin

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.