The Critical 'I'

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Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Yesterday, a woman on a flight from Paris to Cincinnati was detained because leather jacket she was wearing had visible wires attached to it. It turned out that, rather than a bomb, the wires attached to a battery that served to warm the jacket in the manner of an electric blanket.

Given the jitteriness over air travel terrorism, it wasn't particularly smart of her to wear that jacket onboard. She's relatively lucky she got through the detaining without much hassle.

I'm wondering how the supposed coming trend in wearable computer/electronic gear is going to coexist in light of heightened security concerns. Imagine being stopped by airport security because you forget to not wear your MP3-player shirt for that Christmas trip back home. Stuff like that will probably sink this wired-wear trend before it really takes off.