Middle East Fun & Games
We've all had an unfortunate airport security experience (my worst being when I moved to London and had an unmentionable found by a repressed British BAA agent) but nothing compares to what recent travelers to Israel have been through.
Israeli customs officials have seized precious Apple iPads since imposing a ban on the product that sends fanboys into techie tizzys.
Officials say they're concerned the iPad's American wireless signal — the FCC allows Wi-Fi devices here to broadcast at higher power levels than they do in Israel — will disrupt the service of existing wireless devices in the nation.
Sound reasonable? It's not. Laptops and cellphones configured to match American standards have never posed a problem (including iPhones), so why the iPad? I've long suspected that airport security agents confiscate things for their own use and entertainment.
Maybe they'll lose interest once they realize they're upside-down?
Adding more misery to iPad owners who venture into Israel: They get charged a daily storage fee for the iPad by the airport authorities. Yes, the costly device costs them even more money every day it's stranded at the airport.
Meanwhile, Princeton has also banned certain iPads (is blatant tech discrimination allowed in the Ivy League?) — the ones it believes are most "confusing" the university's Wi-Fi network.