My practice is to carry a second cell phone battery with me so that if I use up my current one and can't get to a charger, I can still operate in the world. Life without a cell phone is an unnavigable data-poor fog that I can really only tolerate if I'm strapped into a seat. So, I carry a charged battery.
Apparently, to the x-ray machine, my cell phone battery looks like a 9 volt battery, which has about twice the width and half the cross section. 9-volt batteries are mandatory bag checks. Why? Apparently, they're both uncommon and frequently used in IEDs. If you haven't served in Iraq, IEDs are what we used to call bombs -- improvised explosive devices. I didn't say
- So, most of the fake bombs that you miss use 9-volts?
- Dude, I could totally set off a bomb with that
- You'd think those terrorists would switch to C-cells
- So, I shouldn't carry explosives in the same bag I use for my carry-on?
- I don't set your priorities