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Israeli Security Opens Fire on a MacBook. Thrice.

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The Israeli border security didn't take too kindly to Apple's latest notebook, firing three rounds into the unibody MacBook.

Most of us here love our computers and also love to blow things up. Just ask Chris Angelini with his exploits around CPUs and firearms. Things, however, weren't so funny for Lily Sussman, who blogged on her Wordpress account about a run in she had on her way through the Israeli border.

While it's standard practice these days for border patrol to scan through a traveler's luggage, discharging a firearm three times into a bag containing a laptop isn't an action that seems good for security control.

An announcement played over the sound system, interrupting my break in the sunshine. First in Hebrew, then Arabic, then in English. It was something along the lines of, ” do not to be alarmed by gunshots because the Israeli security needs to blow up suspicious passanger luggage.”

I went inside to check on my bag. I had left it unattended, where they instructed. It was still there so I went back outside.

Moments later a man came outside and introduced himself as the manager on duty. And then, “I’m sorry but we had to blow up your laptop. “

What….all my client case notes and testimony, writing, pictures, music and applications. Years of work. NO!!!! What?? Are you insane?? What were you thinking? THAT’S ALL MY WORK!?

After much yelling, crying and frantic phone dialing (don’t be alarmed if I called you repeatedly this morning), he took me outside to see the wreckage. It turned out it hadn’t been quite blown up, but rather shot through with three bullets. We were able to extract the hard drive, seemingly unscaved. Thank goodness…

Here are some other pictures of the damage to the Unibody MacBook.

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    jawshoeaw , December 15, 2009 7:19 PM
    These Israeli PC fanboys went too far.
  • 39 Hide
    Computer_Lots , December 15, 2009 7:29 PM
    I don't know why it gives me pleasure to see a Macbook with holes in it :) 
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    jellico , December 15, 2009 7:27 PM
    I'd love to hear the call to Apple support...

    Apple Tech: "Have you tried rebooting the machine?"

    Macbook owner: "Uh, I don't think that's going to help."
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  • 44 Hide
    jawshoeaw , December 15, 2009 7:19 PM
    These Israeli PC fanboys went too far.
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    gendoikari1 , December 15, 2009 7:22 PM
    Wouldn't just running the luggage through a metal detector instead of pumping it full of lead be a better option?
  • 23 Hide
    customisbetter , December 15, 2009 7:23 PM
    There is literally no reason for that bullsh*t. Firing bullets into a laptop, even containing explosives, will not do ANYTHING.
  • 30 Hide
    Anonymous , December 15, 2009 7:24 PM
    Why does a security checkpoint dispose of suspect packages by shooting it three times? How is that going to safely dispose of the bomb? I hope they compensated her, it seems like they did not even ask her any questions about it before going Rambo.
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    sublifer , December 15, 2009 7:24 PM
    Why in the world did they shoot it?
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    jmchien , December 15, 2009 7:26 PM
    those bullet holes look pretty big...wonder what size firearms are they carrying?...
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    jellico , December 15, 2009 7:27 PM
    I'd love to hear the call to Apple support...

    Apple Tech: "Have you tried rebooting the machine?"

    Macbook owner: "Uh, I don't think that's going to help."
  • 39 Hide
    Computer_Lots , December 15, 2009 7:29 PM
    I don't know why it gives me pleasure to see a Macbook with holes in it :) 
  • 4 Hide
    Anonymous , December 15, 2009 7:30 PM
    Hooooly cow
  • 23 Hide
    falconqc , December 15, 2009 7:30 PM
    Did they compensate her for the damages?

    At least they missed the hard drive...



  • 26 Hide
    nicklasd87 , December 15, 2009 7:31 PM
    It's the MacBook Pro Holy Edition
  • 15 Hide
    spanspace , December 15, 2009 7:31 PM
    Makes no fracking sense to shoot a laptop. There is no threat.
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    deadlockedworld , December 15, 2009 7:31 PM
    Morons... they didnt even get the HD? hahaha. Fail!
  • 6 Hide
    flyinfinni , December 15, 2009 7:36 PM
    that makes NO sense... why the heck would you do that?
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    jellico , December 15, 2009 7:36 PM
    gendoikari1: If you suspect an item contains an IED (improvised explosive device), the safest thing to do is attempt to set it off at a safe distance. Usually, they just blow it up with a small charge of C4 or Semtex.

    jmchien: Probably a Galil.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMI_Galil

    Others questioning why they shot it: As I said, the best way to deal with a suspicious package is to detonate it with a small charge of C4 or Semtex in a bomb-proof container (a detonation chamber). However, you can also shoot the suspicious page at a discrete distance. The shock from the bullet impacts has a high degree of probability of detonating an improvised explosive (an explosive is, by definition, unstable; and improvised explosives are even more so), and/or the detonator (which will then set off the explosive). Considering the on-going tension between Israel and their neighbors, this is probably a daily occurance.
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    jay236 , December 15, 2009 7:36 PM
    So why would they attempt to "blow up" the bomb near the airport area?
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    Anonymous , December 15, 2009 7:37 PM
    12 gauge shotgun?
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