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Old Feb 15th 2014, 4:23 am   #16
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So weird to me that the US embassies/consulates have so much security! In the Maltese consulate you just walk in and speak to the friendly people inside. No security at all, no one is armed, mobiles definitely allowed, laptops too! I was even invited into the Consul's office for a chat...

Malta? You're talking about an island country where a third of their navy fleet is inflatable. They don't even secure their own country, so why start with the consulates?

Some consular posts in small countries are one dude in his bathrobe. I walked past the Albanian Embassy in DC and it had a screen door with laundry hanging on the clothesline.
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Malta? You're talking about an island country where a third of their navy fleet is inflatable. They don't even secure their own country, so why start with the consulates?

Some consular posts in small countries are one dude in his bathrobe. I walked past the Albanian Embassy in DC and it had a screen door with laundry hanging on the clothesline.
Aha. Malta's consulates aren't bad in comparison then...

Sorry,but Malta does have a decent navy fleet... Who do you think saved all the migrants in the Mediterranean sea who would have died (due to their poorly constructed "boats") if not for the Malta coast guard. But, we are secured with help from the European Union and the UK especially...
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Laptops are still banned - so it might still extend to iPads.
Laptops are banned, but cell phones are allowed. In between there are iPads, iPad minis, maxi smart phones, iPhones and similar, and all manner of e-readers, with varying capabilities to communicate by phone and/or wifi.

It will be interesting to hear where security draws the line, but in truth, where ever the line is drawn it will be arbitrary and pointless.
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cell phones are allowed. In between there are iPads, iPad minis, maxi smart phones, iPhones and similar
Cell phones and iPhones are different things?

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Are you suggesting that a Federal Agency is not doing something solely to protect the American public? Blasphemy!
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Laptops are banned, but cell phones are allowed. In between there are iPads, iPad minis, maxi smart phones, iPhones and similar, and all manner of e-readers, with varying capabilities to communicate by phone and/or wifi.

It will be interesting to hear where security draws the line, but in truth, where ever the line is drawn it will be arbitrary and pointless.

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Cell phones and iPhones are different things? ...
I used to have a cell phone which I could use to make and receive phone calls. If I was desperate I could use the number pad to key txt messages.

I now have a Motorola Atrix2, and it's phone capabilities are verging on insignificant compared to the many other things it can do. It is a watch/ alarm clock, a still camera, a video camera, a video phone, a photo album, an appointment calendar, a web browser, a game device, a remote for my TV, a mini TV in its own right, an e-reader, a pocket calculator, a map, a GPS locator, an e-mail terminal, a photo editor, an address/ contact directory, a memo pad, a bar code reader, a "walkman", a radio, .... the list goes on and on. Therefore IMO there is a substantial and significant difference between a (mere) "cell phone" and a "smart phone" (incl iPhones).

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.... Are you suggesting that a Federal Agency is not doing something solely to protect the American public?
Perhaps you could provide an example of a Federal Agency that does?

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Perhaps you could provide an example of a Federal Agency that does?
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Are you suggesting that a Federal Agency is not doing something solely to protect the American public? Blasphemy!
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So how long before someone is asked to hand over the password to their e-mail/Facebook/twitter account, or show them it real time? Or that free wifi is provided, with a little something special courtesy of the NSA? Or am I just cynical?
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The questions asked in the line outside the US embassy in London yesterday seemed to be about buttons/keys Electronic devices with buttons (laptops and mobiles etc.) still banned but iPads, e-Readers, smartphones and generally anything with no buttons were allowed.
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All smartphones still have at least one hardware button.
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The questions asked in the line outside the US embassy in London yesterday seemed to be about buttons/keys Electronic devices with buttons (laptops and mobiles etc.) still banned but iPads, e-Readers, smartphones and generally anything with no buttons were allowed.
Wow. That's an interesting dividing line. .... So no BlackBerries? (Except for Z10, Z30, Torch 9860, and Playbook)
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Wow. That's an interesting dividing line. .... So no BlackBerries? (Except for Z10, Z30, Torch 9860, and Playbook)
Yeah...

I have an iPhone, and will probably never enter an American embassy, so i'm good either way!
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Was all depressed having to leave my mobile at home for final interview (won't leave it with 3rd party I don't know such as the chemist) as I wanted to take some pics in London between end of interview and train back North.

Happy I can have tunes on the train down and keep I touch with wifey back in the US during the day, hopefully with good news!!
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