As mentioned before, my usual theory is: if it's already on the internet, you don't need me to tell you about it. Herewith an exception for a report from my friend and Atlantic contributor Adam Minter, of ShanghaiScrap, because it represents a harmonic convergence of interests: Aviation, nutty security rules, Shanghai, even an indirect (if sad) connection to Chinese beer. Adam's account involves the strangeness of a system that is ruthless in detecting carry-on bottled water or toothpaste but lets some... other things .. get through. Here is a little thumbnail view giving a hint; more at his site.
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