doctorow at March 1st, 2014 14:01 — #1
rider at March 1st, 2014 14:11 — #2
This couldn't possibly be something he made up to get traffic to his blog.
joey_bladb at March 1st, 2014 14:20 — #3
OMG LOL HAHA stupid TSA wage slaves don't understand tech stuff snicker !!! LOL. HAHAHAHA. Don't understand that bitcoins are -- hahahaha -- virtual currency. HAHAHA!
Seriously, I'd be more worried about the TSA agents who don't realize Washington D.C. is part of the U.S.
glitch at March 1st, 2014 14:31 — #4
winkybber at March 1st, 2014 14:40 — #5
I'm kind-of torn here. I like that he makes a mockery of the whole "security" nonsense, but OTOH he seems like a bit of a dick.
captainpedge at March 1st, 2014 15:03 — #6
space_monkey at March 1st, 2014 15:15 — #7
I'm pretty inclined to feel sympathetic to a guy who feels some dickish impulses while being ritually humiliated by the organs of state security. Pretty much no matter what, the dick in a given situation is the thug who works for the police state.
eark_the_bunny at March 1st, 2014 15:19 — #8
What a maroon, what an ignoranimus!
ianmcloud at March 1st, 2014 15:29 — #9
That other TSA worker was actually misapplying their knowledge. "Washington D.C. is not a state!" is proof that something actually stuck to their brain in grade school. Unfortunately, they took the kernel of wisdom and then behaved in a grossly inept/under-trained/inexperienced/unqualified manner by not accepting the DC driver's license as ID.
This bitcoin situation seems similar. "We've been hearing about these bitcoins for months and now we've finally found some!"
jandrese at March 1st, 2014 15:40 — #10
This would be difficult to answer. You would have to look up the current exchange rate to figure it out, who knows if the currency halved or doubled on your way to the airport.
This story does seem a bit dubious.
some_guy at March 1st, 2014 15:43 — #11
Maybe they thought he was the hacker that robbed Mt. Gox, and when he did it those stolen Bitcoins poured out of his hard drive like a slot machine payout.
You know, the same way a piece of paper gets rolled up into a thin tube and transported over phone lines from one fax machine to another.
kmoser at March 1st, 2014 15:50 — #12
Was this an international flight? I could be wrong, but as far as I know there's no requirement to declare how much cash you're carrying on a domestic flight, even if the amount exceeds $10,000.
nungesser at March 1st, 2014 16:08 — #13
I find it hard to take an article seriously that uses the phrase "state speech is hate speech" in response to someone asking him to please actually answer a straightforward question without being a snarky dick about it.
mocon at March 1st, 2014 16:57 — #14
The article was a little unclear on this point: Was the female agent plump?
(For those who did not complete the reading assignment, the correct answer: Yes, six times yes.)
gilbertwham at March 1st, 2014 17:23 — #15
Imagine if Bitcoin had been represented as strings of binary instead. The TSA would have to confiscate all the numbers.
andygates at March 1st, 2014 17:24 — #16
Not all the numbers. Just the ones and zeros.
archvillain at March 1st, 2014 17:25 — #17
The guy is kind of a moron. "Obviously, the TSA has been trained, although poorly, to look for Bitcoin. They are apparently now trying to catch money launderers in addition to terrorists"
No, dude, you've ALWAYS been required to declare when you're carrying any monetary instruments in excess of $10K in or out of the country. This is nothing new. There's no new policy, it's just a case of someone at work that day had heard about bitcoin in the news, didn't know much beyond the news (that bitcoins are worth lots!), spotted the bitcoin logos and discs, didn't know what to make of that and passed the problem to their manager who also didn't understand bitcoin. The usual TSA incompetence took it from there.
gilbertwham at March 1st, 2014 17:32 — #18
stvlcnc at March 1st, 2014 17:32 — #19
What a maroon, what an ignoranimus!
I think that you mean, MORON and IGNORAMUS
bucket at March 1st, 2014 17:32 — #20
Is there even $10k worth of bitcoin anymore?
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