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Sep 8 2009   9:51PM GMT

Protect your laptop when you travel — with a gun

AmyKucharik Amy Kucharik Profile: AmyKucharik

As a channel partner, chances are that even if you’re using more Web conferencing these days, you still have to travel for work. And you probably have to travel for work with one or more laptops. It’s no fun going through security and having to take your computer out of your bag, but it’s even less fun checking expensive equipment and worrying that it will come out the other side damaged, broken, or not at all.

Security expert Deviant Ollam suggests a novel approach: Carry a gun.

I’m not talking about going all Yosemite Sam on the baggage handlers. Ollam’s suggestion, as he presented at the LayerOne 2009 conference, is that by declaring firearms at the airport, you gain the ability to use super secure luggage with non-TSA-approved locks, and the locked luggage can also contain your expensive computer equipment. So much the better if you needed your Glock for that sales meeting.

As Chad Perrin points out in his TechRepublic blog, you do need to know and obey the laws concerning firearms and which countries allow them. Ollam’s 40-minute presentation, posted on YouTube with the title Deviant Ollam – Packing and the Friendly Skies – LayerOne 2009, contains many more helpful bits of information about transporting computers and firearms, although it’s not for the language-sensitive or the anti-gun audience.

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