Suitcase Stickers
July 29, 2010 1:48 PM   Subscribe

Tired of not being able to find your luggage at the carousel? Whether you find them funny or twisted (or both!), luggage with these stickers will certainly stand out from the rest of the luggage. On the other hand, using them may also earn you a body cavity search. Will the lulz be worth it? CBC's and Jezebel's take on the stickers.
posted by deborah (86 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
WHAT!! Lulz in our airports? The TSA will hear about this and we'll see who has the last laugh.
posted by TwelveTwo at 1:49 PM on July 29, 2010


I laughed, and then I felt bad about laughing about the flight attendant one, and then I read the Jezebel post, and then I felt just fine about laughing about the flight attendant one again.

Thanks, Jezebel!
posted by gurple at 1:51 PM on July 29, 2010 [6 favorites]


I should save all those inserts that the TSA so thoughtfully puts in my luggage ("We've lovingly pawed through your belongings because we can and you can't really do anything about it") and do make some kind of neat mobile with them, but I'm always so pissed when I find them that I crumple them up and toss them in the trash.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:54 PM on July 29, 2010


Why is that. I mean, from Jezebel's comments:

Such attention to detail! I think that the pièce de résistance is the smeared mascara/eyeliner, because terrified, crying women are comedy gold, amirite dudebros?

That's pretty much exactly my complaint.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:54 PM on July 29, 2010 [19 favorites]


What was wrong with the Jezebel post?
posted by arcticwoman at 1:56 PM on July 29, 2010


Like celebrity obituaries, every major news outlet has already written the story for the first time someone uses one of these and gets the TSA experience of a lifetime. All they need is a few names and the airport where it happened.
posted by griphus at 1:59 PM on July 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


Seriously, there are funnier things than kidnappings. This, for example.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:00 PM on July 29, 2010 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: try it if you want, but you're probably going to get a rubber glove up your bum
posted by mannequito at 2:06 PM on July 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


"terrified, crying women are comedy gold"

No, that is a sad thing that should be of concern to all right-thinking people. A picture of one on a suitcase, however, is funny as hell. Cause, I mean, you wouldn't expect to find that someone has kidnapped a stewardess, but there they are in the luggage! Then you realize there is no way it could be real, so you laugh at the relief that it isn't actually what it appears to be.

Of course, some folks might be pushed over the edge with it, thinking that because someone had a sticker of a women in trouble, then it is all right to, you know, go ahead and kindnap a stewardess. Cause this guy, like, had the idea there right on his luggage and practically told me it was okay to do it, so fuck it, where is my duct tape? Also, it makes bloggers feel bad, so that is bad too, or something.
posted by Theodore Sign at 2:07 PM on July 29, 2010 [13 favorites]


What was wrong with the Jezebel post?

I didn't need to click it to know what it would say? Mind you, I agree with them, for the most part, but when your outrage is that predictable why bother? All they are doing are exposing their readers to something they know they will find objectionable. "Hey look, video of a baby getting hit in the head!" Yeah, terrible, but don't show it to me, ok?

In context the sticker isn't as horrible as it is by itself. I'm not sure what hostage victim would be acceptable. It's not like there's a series of victims so people can pick the Politically Correct one. "Look, I have Dick Cheney in mine!"

About the only one I;d have the guts to use is the money, but only because it'll confuse them when they open my luggage and find even more money! (I don't travel light, folks!)
posted by cjorgensen at 2:08 PM on July 29, 2010 [4 favorites]



I should save all those inserts that the TSA so thoughtfully puts in my luggage ("We've lovingly pawed through your belongings because we can and you can't really do anything about it") and do make some kind of neat mobile with them, but I'm always so pissed when I find them that I crumple them up and toss them in the trash.

You might want to find the largest LIGHTEST piece of luggage and put NOTHING in it.The first luggage handler that hefts it up will likely lose his balance. Then call TSA. At that point risky hilarity will ensue when they discover it is suspiciously empty.
posted by notreally at 2:09 PM on July 29, 2010 [5 favorites]


I agree that this makes a good "douchebag" detector.

It's from the same site who brought us:

Piglet Bank
Designed for anyone who has far too much money and loose change, this is the piggy bank of all piggy banks. Its a real piglet that has been taxidermied and inserted with what all piglets probably dream of as babies, a coin storage unit and a cork plug.

Make your plush overpriced apartment complete with this little guy.

The piglet bank will take up to 12 months to produce from the time of order. We expect half the money up front and half when the piglet had been completed. Just so you know that we don’t actually kill the Piglets, they die of natural causes and these are the ones that we use.

Price $4000
(not including postage and packing))

posted by zarq at 2:09 PM on July 29, 2010


Then you realize there is no way it could be real

I missed the memo that human trafficking was stopped.
posted by anti social order at 2:13 PM on July 29, 2010 [3 favorites]


This thread is a litmus test.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:16 PM on July 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


Sheesh. Everyone knows that if you kidnap a stewardess you can stow the bag in the overhead compartment as a carry-on. You want to have to wait for your stewardess at baggage claim?!
posted by chavenet at 2:17 PM on July 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


Fluorescent tape used to create unique patterns is my way to do this. I sort of mimic the patterns intended to help machines determine the orientation of objects, so I can, at a glance, determine if the suitcase is not only mine, but right side up.
posted by clvrmnky at 2:18 PM on July 29, 2010


I missed the memo that human trafficking was stopped.

where's the memo that human trafficking is done via suitcases on commercial flights?
posted by lullaby at 2:18 PM on July 29, 2010 [2 favorites]


No, that is a sad thing that should be of concern to all right-thinking people. A picture of one on a suitcase, however, is funny as hell.

I don't think anyone in this thread is confused about whether it's a picture or a real kidnapping.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:18 PM on July 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


Apparently they decided to stop selling these to residents of Canada.

...passive-aggressive reaction, yay?
posted by zennish at 2:20 PM on July 29, 2010


clvrmnky: "Fluorescent tape used to create unique patterns is my way to do this. I sort of mimic the patterns intended to help machines determine the orientation of objects, so I can, at a glance, determine if the suitcase is not only mine, but right side up."

And these patterns are...?
posted by rhizome at 2:22 PM on July 29, 2010





I don't think anyone in this thread is confused about whether it's a picture or a real kidnapping.

Whew! That is a load off of my mind! Seriously.
posted by Theodore Sign at 2:26 PM on July 29, 2010


Funny how that kind of imagery so rarely shows men.
posted by kmz at 2:29 PM on July 29, 2010 [12 favorites]


Never underestimate the power of the good folks at the TSA, Transport Canada, or Jezebel to overreact to something that, if nonetheless in poor taste, is ultimately harmless.

What? From what I could tell, the only thing anyone has said was that it's in poor taste.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:31 PM on July 29, 2010 [2 favorites]


I know nothing makes me smile more that a beaten, bound and gagged stewardess in a bag.

But then again, I'm Ed Gein.
posted by griphus at 2:33 PM on July 29, 2010


This is like driving a VW van covered in Grateful Dead stickers. Might as well wear a sign saying "Please hassle me!"

It would be kinda fun to put those on other people's luggage, tho.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 2:49 PM on July 29, 2010 [4 favorites]


This is a non-issue, since they will no longer be sold, at least in Canada, because the transport minister there says they might even be illegal. Thank heavens Jezebel was able to get all up in arms before it became defunct!

The outrage--while of course generating Jezebel page views--really is just predictable. And of course they didn't mention the money or sex toy stickers, because then what would they have to be angry about?

I would be happy if we could agree to find other, more credible feminist blogs to link to in the future.
posted by misha at 2:49 PM on July 29, 2010 [2 favorites]


when your outrage is that predictable why bother?

I know. What could be worse than feminists predictably complaining about depictions of violence toward women as comedy? Sheesh, ladies -- change it up a little. Outrage should be unexpected, inconsistent, and surprising!
posted by Astro Zombie at 2:52 PM on July 29, 2010 [30 favorites]


And of course they didn't mention the money or sex toy stickers, because then what would they have to be angry about?

What does that even mean? If somebody releases an album with a racist song, do the other 10 non-racist songs somehow make everything OK? Are Lethal Weapon and Mad Max relevant if I talk about Mel Gibson's recent batshitinsanity?

Jezebel does have its share of issues, but on this they're spot on.
posted by kmz at 2:59 PM on July 29, 2010


Calling out things that are bad? Predictable. Jezebel will become relevant and important once they start calling out puppies and snuggles.
posted by shakespeherian at 3:02 PM on July 29, 2010


I attached to my luggage handle this flashing crystal that blinked on and off, because, damn, I want to get this thing to get to Carousel. I guess the battery ran out and the crystal turned black, though, because the TSA blew up my suitcase.
posted by adipocere at 3:04 PM on July 29, 2010 [3 favorites]


When I saw the stewardess one my jaw dropped open and my eyes bugged out -- I'm pretty sure anyone looking at me would have found my reaction comedy gold. Wow. I know helpless, tortured women are the backbone of our entertainment industry; TV shows like SVU, slasher films, and books about serial killers make torturing and killing women (and children) seem commonplace, but I didn't get the memo that now trussed and frightened women are funny. I guess this is the next, logical step.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 3:04 PM on July 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


Puppies ate my baby! Snuggling causes cancer!
posted by kmz at 3:05 PM on July 29, 2010


My point is that Jezebel both links to the creators of the stickers, giving them more traffic (as, incidentally, this post is as well) and garners page views of their own with their outrage. Yes, I find that both hypocritical and predictable, as is their leaving out any mention of any other products that might not feed into outraged reactions from their commenters. I am 100% sure that if there wee an identical sticker of a crying, bound man on the site, Jezebel would not draw attention to that fact.
posted by misha at 3:13 PM on July 29, 2010


Something I learnt today: Jezebel's outrage filter trumps ours.
posted by ob at 3:17 PM on July 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


stickers to put on a bag that might make people take a second glance and maybe smile

If that was true, they could have thought up 10 better designs inside of 30 seconds without using loaded imagery. Where's the one that looks like a cut away of a ship? the one that look like an RPG inventory? Portal to another world? A freakin box of kittens?

No, they wanted them to be "edgy" and full of piss-off-your-mom shock value. It's lazy and cynical and their poor me shit is more of the same.

All they are doing are exposing their readers to something they know they will find objectionable.

To take action. So their readers can contact the company to complain, raise awareness of the person/company/issue, etc. It's not some emotional circle jerk.

The funny thing is all the "OMG Jezebel over-reacting" crap. Here's their entire article:

These luggage stickers dreamed up by two Vancouver men will helpfully allow purchasers to easily identify their luggage. They will also allow you to easily identify them as total douchebags.


I'd call that just right.
posted by anti social order at 3:18 PM on July 29, 2010 [20 favorites]


How about a sticker that shows the suitcase is filled with potatoes?!!

Ha ha! Suitcase of potatoes!
posted by Xoebe at 3:19 PM on July 29, 2010 [21 favorites]


I'm not sure how Jezebel can be considered outraged, spot on, or anything else. Their "take" is a link and a quip. I think the stickers are funny, and I think Jezebel is right that only douchebags would actually use them. (On preview, what anti social order said.)

No, they wanted them to be "edgy" and full of piss-off-your-mom shock value.

They wanted them to be cheeky.
posted by domnit at 3:21 PM on July 29, 2010


I find that both hypocritical and predictable, as is their leaving out any mention of any other products that might not feed into outraged reactions from their commenters.

I still don't understand this. Let's say some poster artist released a batch of 6 posters. One of the posters is crazy racist. Why would an anti-racism blog have to link to all 6 of the posters instead of just talking about the crazy racist poster? Jezebel isn't a travel site.

I am 100% sure that if there wee an identical sticker of a crying, bound man on the site, Jezebel would not draw attention to that fact.

1. Jezebel is a site about women's issues.

2. When have you seen imagery anything remotely like that with men?
posted by kmz at 3:22 PM on July 29, 2010 [2 favorites]


I love my Truck Nutz... but what's a way I can say "I'm an asshole" with my luggage? If only there were a way!
posted by codacorolla at 3:25 PM on July 29, 2010 [3 favorites]


Funny how that kind of imagery so rarely shows men.

Those images wouldn't sell very well, now would they?
posted by Gin and Comics at 3:25 PM on July 29, 2010


If that was true, they could have thought up 10 better designs inside of 30 seconds without using loaded imagery. Where's the one that looks like a cut away of a ship? the one that look like an RPG inventory? Portal to another world? A freakin box of kittens?

You're right -- those would be HILARIOUS!

/hamburger

Can't we all just agree that people have different senses of humour, and that not everything has to be taken so awfully seriously? The handwringing at Jezebel was of the oh-so-predictable "won't someone think of the children?" variety, and if it were a conservative blog criticizing Family Guy for their latest poor-taste cartoon we'd be all over that in a heartbeat. I dunno why Jezebel gets a free pass because they're self-declared feminists. I work with feminist scholars and I consider myself a feminist, but Jezebel is a complete joke. I agree with whoever upthread suggesting finding a better feminist blog to link to, because there's plenty of them out there.
posted by modernnomad at 3:25 PM on July 29, 2010 [4 favorites]


My point is that Jezebel both links to the creators of the stickers, giving them more traffic (as, incidentally, this post is as well) and garners page views of their own with their outrage.

If they didn't link to a source, people would be calling them out for crappy, sensationalistic reporting. Linking is appropriate to do in this case.

Yes, I find that both hypocritical and predictable, as is their leaving out any mention of any other products that might not feed into outraged reactions from their commenters.

It's a depiction of a bound, gagged, tear-streaked stewardess stuffed into a suitcase. Sorry, but how exactly do the other stickers of stacks of hundred dollar bills or sex toys compare by comparison to an image of a woman being kidnapped? How would including them make the stewardess victim sticker less inflammatory?

I am 100% sure that if there wee an identical sticker of a crying, bound man on the site, Jezebel would not draw attention to that fact.

Won't someone think of the poor defenseless men pictured on these stickers?! Oh, wait. That's right. There aren't any.

What was your point, again?
posted by zarq at 3:30 PM on July 29, 2010 [6 favorites]


They should make stickers with those images from the screwfly slideshow on it. Not only would no TSA personnel want to touch it, it would probably serve as a very good theft deterrent.
Bonus: put the stickers on your carry-on bag (insert carrion joke here) and you will get a whole row of seats to yourself - the other passengers will gladly sit on someone else's lap just to get away from you!
posted by PontifexPrimus at 3:33 PM on July 29, 2010


...the one that look like an RPG inventory?

I will buy this immediately.
posted by griphus at 3:35 PM on July 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


My FlyerTalk luggage tag saved me from much frustration on the few times I've had to check my (black, very generic looking) rollaboard.

Getting priority luggage delivery from the airline saves much more frustration, since your bag is always first off. ;)
posted by wierdo at 3:58 PM on July 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


So, a story.

After getting our luggage lost many, many times (including one time that happened LIVE ON METAFILTER ) My Bf got himself a fine yellow tag with his name and address under a cute little clasp on the side. The idea being that at least the luggage would be indentifyable and we'd avoid situations like Italty ..or Bulgaria ...or Hungary

So hegoes to Boston and he sticks on his new tag for the very first time and he gets back without his luggage.

Turns out someone else with the exact same luggage had also just bought that exact same tag and just picked it up without checking the address.
posted by The Whelk at 4:02 PM on July 29, 2010 [2 favorites]


This is such obvious attention seeking behavior on the parts of the designers, and the pundits than I am surprised it was considered worthy of a post.

ImpracticalComedyProductBlue.
posted by public at 4:03 PM on July 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


Can someone explain why I should be outraged by the flight attendant in a suitcase suitcase? It's intended as comedy, right? And I assume that it's the same photo on each suitcase, i.e. they didn't kidnap as many flight attendants as they produced suitcases?

I'm more offended by the unfunniness of them - and I don't even accept the premise: how would the bags rip open like that and, if they did, how would the contents stay undamaged and in position? It's the comedy equivalent of those fake bullet holes people put in their cars to keep it gangsta, or personalised fucking plates.
posted by doublehappy at 4:16 PM on July 29, 2010


I'd rather have a life-sized sticker of a bare ass mooning the TSA, or maybe multiple stickers of hands giving them the finger.
posted by bwg at 4:27 PM on July 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


"Hey look, video of a baby getting hit in the head!"

Where?
posted by krinklyfig at 4:32 PM on July 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


But doublehappy... you need to just briefly entertain the thought of attempting to check your luggage in with one of these stickers to get the joke.

Comedy works best when a fleeting synaptic train of thought is activated before your considered, rational consciousness kicks in and realizes the absurdity/inappropriateness of it.

That's the essence of comedy, isn't it? Timing?

...and no... the comedic value isn't gleaned from temporarily imagining putting an air hostess in a suitcase, but rather the imagined shock value of trying to pass customs with that sticker on your bag
posted by vectr at 4:37 PM on July 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: when your outrage is that predictable why bother?
posted by Evilspork at 5:17 PM on July 29, 2010


notreally wrote: "You might want to find the largest LIGHTEST piece of luggage and put NOTHING in it.The first luggage handler that hefts it up will likely lose his balance. Then call TSA. At that point risky hilarity will ensue when they discover it is suspiciously empty."

I have actually done that a few times. Back when my SO and I lived in different cities, I had clothes that I left at her place, but I did not have a suitcase there. Sometimes when we were traveling to the same destination I would first fly to her city and we would fly together to our destination, so I'd haul an empty bag to and from her place.

Come to think of it, I should have done it every time I went. It would have kept me from having to lug my 20 pound laptop bag on my shoulder. Good rolling bags are good. :p

I got more "Oh, I'm also a FlyerTalker!" from TSA folks than I ever did guff about carrying an empty bag. Of course, that may be because FlyerTalk members are widely known for doing weird things related to travel.
posted by wierdo at 5:22 PM on July 29, 2010


I entertained the thought, and I can't see it getting more than maybe a laugh from one or two of the security guys.
posted by doublehappy at 5:32 PM on July 29, 2010


I don't get how annoying the airport staff and being delayed for hours is funny either, as well as the obvious. People who make bomb jokes and get strip searched till they miss a flight, hurr hurr?

My luggage has a giant picture of Big Mama Thornton playing the harmonica on it. I've yet to get confused and nobody has even arrested me, although my hopes of finding a musical soulmate to talk to on a random flight have also not happened.
posted by shinybaum at 5:33 PM on July 29, 2010


I know. What could be worse than feminists predictably complaining about depictions of violence toward women as comedy? Sheesh, ladies -- change it up a little. Outrage should be unexpected, inconsistent, and surprising!

The question was "What was wrong with the Jezebel post?"

I guess nothing if you weren't looking for any analysis. I on the other hand would have hoped for a bit more than "Here's this horrible thing in case you missed it!"

The article comments have more substance than the post did.

I realize it was a quick links post and not everything has to be meaty, but that was my observation of why I think the post was crap. They're not going to change any minds with that one.
posted by cjorgensen at 5:59 PM on July 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


Meh. This is for attention whores who will then cry about how their civil rights have been violated when TSA takes them behind the woodshed.
posted by reenum at 6:48 PM on July 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


Meh. This is for attention whores who will then cry about how their civil rights have been violated when TSA takes them behind the woodshed

Their civil rights probably have been violated - assholes have rights, too.
posted by doublehappy at 7:33 PM on July 29, 2010


That was an unfortunate pun, considering the subject matter.
posted by doublehappy at 7:36 PM on July 29, 2010


"Outrage should be unexpected, inconsistent, and surprising!"

No, outrage should be rare, rational*, and proportionate. If you want it to do anything, that is. If you just want to vent on the internet with people who agree with you on pretty much everything, or if you have a giant boner** for letting the perfect be the enemy of the good, then all is well.




*this one here's the real muthafucker.
**go on, I dare ya
posted by Theodore Sign at 7:41 PM on July 29, 2010


I am 100% sure that if there wee an identical sticker of a crying, bound man on the site, Jezebel would not draw attention to that fact.

I appreciate what you're saying, but, at the same time, I think pointing out jokes that are insensitive to men is a bit outside their mission, in the same way that calling out antisemitism is, in general, a but out of the scope of the NAACP.
posted by Astro Zombie at 8:10 PM on July 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yes, I said but.
posted by Astro Zombie at 8:11 PM on July 29, 2010


for letting the perfect be the enemy of the good

I'm confused, here. Which is the good in this situation?
posted by shakespeherian at 8:40 PM on July 29, 2010


See, for the perfect to be the enemy of the good, there would have to be some good.

Feminists do have senses of humor, you know. You should hear the hilarious things we say about douchebags who come blustering in to tell us to lighten up already.

I'd tell you what they are, but if you're a feminist you've already heard 'em and if you're a douchebag, you wouldn't get 'em anyway.
posted by emjaybee at 8:55 PM on July 29, 2010


Didn't say much about sense of humor, save that the stickers are pretty funny at first blush. Mostly talking about the use of outrage in general as a direct response to a quote that did the same. So the perfect and good thing is about the use of outrage as a tactic, you see. Hell, I'm not even talking about feminism in particular here, just the shopworn rhetoric in which folks on my side of the political spectrum tend to indulge.

"You should hear the hilarious things we say about douchebags who come blustering in to tell us to lighten up already."

Whip out those bad boys; I'm genuinely interested.
posted by Theodore Sign at 9:10 PM on July 29, 2010


There sure are a lot of memos being issued and/or missed in this thread. Try email, guys!
posted by sklero at 10:58 PM on July 29, 2010


So the perfect and good thing is about the use of outrage as a tactic, you see.

So you don't know what you meant either?
posted by shakespeherian at 4:37 AM on July 30, 2010


Imagine this thread if it had been hipsters that were depicted bound, gagged, and crying, in a suitcase.
posted by Goofyy at 6:57 AM on July 30, 2010


Hipsters don't cry, they rejoice ironically.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:10 AM on July 30, 2010


No, outrage should be rare, rational*, and proportionate.

Outrage should not be measured just to keep it "rare".
Outrage is a reaction to outrageous behavior or situations, so you'd have to limit those, not our response to them.
posted by Tarumba at 7:16 AM on July 30, 2010


FYI on the toys one: no one cares. I've flown with handcuffs, whips, chains, riding crops, and various other (consensual) torture implements, and while I've gotten the TSA "pawed through your stuff" note, there was no further questioning or body cavity searches. The cavalier attitude is almost a little disturbing, considering the amount of havoc an evil person could wreak with a roll of duct tape and leather restraints. I've even taken this stuff on international flights.

(This is NOT a comment on the flight attendant sticker, which clearly depicts a non-consensual scene and is, as such, deplorable and offensive.)
posted by desjardins at 7:22 AM on July 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


"It's not like there's a series of victims so people can pick the Politically Correct one."

It#s hardly Politically Correct to not want to be the asshole who seems to think that crying women trapped in suitcases are funny. My reaction is closer to 'oh yes, I see what you did there, how 'edgy' of you' to MASSIVE OUTRAGE, but you know, Jezebel has a point.

On the other hand, I would totally have the sex-toy one.
posted by mippy at 8:40 AM on July 30, 2010


where's the memo that human trafficking is done via suitcases on commercial flights?

I'd be willing to bet it happens, just as 'bogus' asylum seekers pay several thousand pounds to come over in the back of cars and vans on the ferry. Bearing in mind someone in the UK got prosecuted recently for making a gag on Twitter about blowing up an airport as his flight was delayed, I don't think these are likely to get you a quick passage through customs.


I've flown with handcuffs, whips, chains, riding crops, and various other (consensual) torture implements, and while I've gotten the TSA "pawed through your stuff" note, there was no further questioning or body cavity searches.


This amuses me given that only 100ml of fluids and no scissors for sewing are allowed to be carried on-board.
posted by mippy at 9:01 AM on July 30, 2010


Three out of four of the depicted activities will at a minimum get you detained in an international flight (unless you concede that suitcase is really full of sugar).

So we have massive amounts of drugs on the level of trafficking. Those don't get produced without strife, sold without violence, or consumed responsibly. Drugs often go hand-in-hand with human trafficking.

We have a large suitcase of illicit cash, since no one could possibly have a reason to transport that much money (at least this is the way the TSA will see it). Amounts like this are prohibited when traveling to another country. Google for stories of people having their money confiscated at the border. Happens enough to make the news. Even routine traffic stops result in cash seizures. If it's not out and out criminal we at least treat it as such to have large amounts of currency.

We have a woman in captivity. People have noted the state of this depiction that I don't need to rehash.

And we have sex toys. Yay! Legal!

Where do we focus? On the woman. So why do the others get a pass?
posted by cjorgensen at 9:18 AM on July 30, 2010


Yeah, I wouldn't have gone for the terrified woman. I get where the idea comes from, and I can even appreciate how, when kicking around the concept, it could have seemed funny, but the final implementation feels wrong.

I'd have gone with a sticker that suggested the luggage was full of cats. Full.
posted by quin at 9:19 AM on July 30, 2010


You have to reload to see quin's image. Site thinks he's hotlinking.

Or cut & paste: http://creepygif.com/images/full/810.gif

I think they should do a bomb one. That one would rule! Like one of those sci-fi bombs with the big nuclear core that would take a forklift to lift yet they put in a suitcase.
posted by cjorgensen at 9:24 AM on July 30, 2010


Well, because nobody wants to think about where their coke comes from whilst they munch on their organic beef or fair-trade wine.
posted by mippy at 9:25 AM on July 30, 2010


Meh. This is for attention whores who will then cry about how their civil rights have been violated when TSA takes them behind the woodshed

Their civil rights probably have been violated - assholes have rights, too.

They do have rights, but I can't put these people on the same level as civil rights pioneers or other freedom fighters. This is something that you as a person can choose not to do.
posted by reenum at 9:47 AM on July 30, 2010


desjardins wrote: "FYI on the toys one: no one cares. I've flown with handcuffs, whips, chains, riding crops, and various other (consensual) torture implements"

They do when they're pawing through your dildos and anal beads whenever they feel like doing the gate screening. They care so much they turn bright red and only perform the most cursory of searches. Yes, overhead bin space is important to me.
posted by wierdo at 11:01 AM on July 30, 2010


Maybe she's a stowaway?
posted by iamck at 11:11 AM on July 30, 2010


Where do we focus? On the woman. So why do the others get a pass?

It's like people care about women more than inanimate objects. Crazy world.
posted by anti social order at 12:23 PM on July 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


So you don't know what you meant either?

I do and I'd spell it out for you, but if you are a Discoridian you'd already know and if you're a poetaster, you wouldn't get it anyway.
posted by Theodore Sign at 2:29 PM on July 30, 2010


Zing! Kapow!
posted by shakespeherian at 4:20 PM on July 30, 2010


rhizome: It isn't exactly like what I do, but there are images like these that can be used to calibrate and test computer vision systems.

I sort of do a test pattern target arrangement in bright green of short and long stripes. At a glance I know the suitcase is mine and its orientation on the crowded carrousel.

Pretty geeky, I know, but I travel a fair amount.
posted by clvrmnky at 2:54 PM on July 31, 2010


It's like people care about women more than inanimate objects.

I wasn't saying human trafficking was acceptable, but many people think those other things are horrible as well and cause all kinds of social and global problems. People are killed over drugs and money. Just seems a bit shallow that out of three social ills not one person declaimed the drugs.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:06 PM on July 31, 2010


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