✈ Strudel Considered Harmful

Just leaving Bolzano after three nights here for SFSCON (a small but perfectly formed FOSS conference). Passing through the tiny airport I noticed an unusual security requirement – which was being actively enforced. Despite apple strudel (that’s a delicious, giant pastry filled with spiced apple and mixed berries) being a major tourist item on sale in Bolzano, it’s banned on aircraft here.

I asked the delightfully friendly supervisor why, and she explained that it’s impossible with the x-ray machine at the security checkpoint to distinguish between cooked apple and a certain kind of explosive and so, with so many false alarms, they had to ban it…

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