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Subject: Important (off-topic) FYI
From: Jack Schnapper <jjflash @ pobox . com>
Date: Thu, 09 May 1996 19:40:22 -0400
To: List Managers List <list-managers @ GreatCircle . COM>

Someone on one of my lists posted this info and I thought that I should pass
it on to all of you.  Please forgive the off-topic use of bandwidth.

>     Here is some useful info for those of you that may travel with a 
>     laptop computer:
>     F.Y.I.
>     Tom Godbout
>     Division of Administrative Services
>     --------------------------------------
>     The University of Michigan Risk Management Office cautions travelers
>     about the potential theft of laptop computers at airports:  We have 
>     recently learned of a hustle that's being employed at airports all 
>     across the country to steal laptop computers.  It involves two persons 
>     who look for a victim carrying a laptop and approaching a metal 
>     detector.  They position themselves in front of the unsuspecting 
>     passenger. They stall until the mark puts the laptop computer on the 
>     conveyer belt.  Then the first subject moves through the metal 
>     detector easily.  The second subject sets off the detector and begins 
>     a slow process of emptying pockets, removing jewelry, etc. While this 
>     is happening, the first subject takes the laptop as soon as it appears 
>     on the conveyor belt and moves away quickly. When the passenger 
>     finally gets through the metal detector, the laptop is gone.  The 
>     subject that picks it up heads into the gate area and disappears among 
>     the crowd.  Sometimes a third subjectwill take a handoff from the 
>     first subject and the computer is out of the restricted area before 
>     the mark even knows that it is gone.
>     This is becoming a widely practiced problem and is happening at
>     airports everywhere.  When traveling with a laptop computer, try to 
>     avoid lines to enter a metal detector when possible.  When you can't 
>     do that, delay putting your luggage and laptop on the conveyor belt 
>     until you are sure that you will be the nexperson through the metal 
>     detector.  As you move through the metal detector, keep your eyes on 
>     the conveyor belt and watch for your luggage and laptop to come 
>     through, as well as watching for what those in front of you are 
>     picking up.
>     Above message provided by George Cubberly, University of Michigan Risk
>     Management Office, and forwarded by the BTG, Inc. Security Service 
>     Center.


Jack Schnapper 
jjflash @
 pobox .
Kajor Inc. - Computer Services

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