[algormor] gave one of the more controversial talks at Notacon. After receiving a few too many inspection slips and destroyed baggage he decided to find out what was going on behind the scenes. First, he purchased a cheap bag from Walmart with a zipable liner. To record the video, he purchased a SwannGUARD MicroDVR. It’s a palm-sized device that records 128×128 15fps video. It comes with a plastic cover that he mounted to the inside of the bag. A hole was cut for the video camera right above the badge holder. Since the camera is motion triggered, he could slide the badge up, covering the hole, to deactivate the camera. He’s taken the bag on at least four trips. So… what did the footage show?
Well, lots of conveyor belts, conveyor belts, and conveyor belts. Nothing really damning. It did show the the bag spend an uncomfortable amount of time in public after being checked and before security. It also spent time traveling through certain segments multiple times, being pulled off the belt for random periods of time, and then getting put back on. Audience members were concerned that he might run afoul of federal law because he was recording audio without people knowing. Surprisingly the bag has yet to be searched.