It's been a while since Americans have had new reasons to fear and/or hate airport X-ray and scanning technology. Let's rectify that, shall we?
The UK's Telegraphreports that numerous Kindle owners are claiming that a trip through the airport X-ray machine has zapped their beloved E-books into a state of uselessness.
"After my Kindle went through the X-ray scanner at Madrid airport, it no longer worked. I had been reading an e-book on the way to the airport so I knew there could be no other reason," said Michael Hart, from London.
"A phone call was made and someone came along and took photographs of the bad display. It's my belief that the scanner operator - who subsequently questioned me about a radio in my bag - had used a high dose to look into the radio, and the Kindle, too."
The Consumerist, meanwhile, reports that the X-rays may not be to blame for the malfunctions, and actually static electricity from the scanner's rubber conveyor belts may be the culprit.
That notion, however, has been thoroughly debunked at the Seattle Weekly laboratory with a highly-scientific experiment involving yours truly rubbing his socked feet on the carpet, then zapping a Kindle with static electricity. The Kindle in question was unharmed, pinning the blame for malfunctioning Kindles of all stripes squarely back on the evil, evil TSA.