It was most likely the battery - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Eduardo
    • 16.12.09 | 20:52 (IST)

    A similar thing happened to me boarding a plane at Ben Gurion. I was held over for questioning for a long while, and in the meantime the police took my laptop along with the rest of my luggage. When I got it back, they told me they had needed to take apart the battery - it seems that under x rays batteries look awfully suspicious; a series of blocks of matter with cables going in and out of them. So they tried to take it apart, and in the process broke it. Annoying, for sure, but those guys were just trying to do their job, were as professional and nice about it as can be, and issued me a receipt to refund my battery. That laptop was a dell, with a removable battery. My guess is that in her case they had to destroy it with violence because it was an Apple without a removable battery, so they could not get to just the battery. Plus all the other suspicious facts around her probably caused the security folks to take the safer, thou more destructive approach

    from the article: Police shoot U.S. student's laptop upon entry to Israel
    First published 18:30 15.12.09 | Last updated 17:37 16.12.09
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