March 08, 2004
Don't touch my...

From the 1 March New Yorker comes this gem of a quote in Alec Wilkinson's profile of Lyle Lovett

As for the conversation, everyone agreed that Amarillo had the toughest airport security anywhere, but someone pointed out that that least they offered you a boot jack.

Which leads one to muse --- why are there not portable boot jacks, except for the inevitable TSA employee mistaking it for a weapon of some sort?

I detect a need (and I do every time I go through airport security....)

Posted by esinclai at March 08, 2004 07:08 PM |

Ummm, pardon my ignorance, but whats a boot jack, why would I want a portable one, and would it be feasible for use as a weapon?

Inquiring minds wanna know.

Posted by: Dr. Surly on March 10, 2004 07:09 AM

well, Mr Ike Workstation, a boot jack is a (usually wooden) piece of equipment that one uses to jack a boot off one's foot - it's effectively a lever which the heel of the boot fits into.

It makes it a lot easier to pull the boots off of an evening.

A portable one would be nice to have at the airport when you have to take your boots off to go through security (and then when you get to your destination, in your hotel room). And a portable one would be folding and metallic and - given the training level of our improved TSA employees, probably would look suspiciously weaponesque.

Posted by: Eric Sinclair on March 10, 2004 07:28 AM


could I get one in blue?

Posted by: Dr. Surly on March 10, 2004 02:44 PM
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