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More Security Theater

February 7, 2010 19:20:50.012

Here's a proposed regulation of nearly boundless stupidity - start treating portable batteries (for phones, laptops, etc) as hazardous materials for the purposes of air travel:

For instance, the battery inside an already-padded box for a new notebook PC might need to be packaged in an additional fiberboard box along with extra shipping documents, he said. I
t could also mean untold numbers of workers overseas and in the U.S. will have to get "fully-regulated hazmat" training to simply handle a box with an iPod or HP laptop inside, Kerchner said.

That would be just about the stupidest outcome I can imagine. Just how stupid are the people who dream this stuff up, anyway?

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