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Customs Agent Used Wikipedia to Grill Journalist on an Aircraft He Was Covering

Recently, a customs agent is believed to have used Google to research what questions you should ask an engineer–and then used that to grill an incoming software engineer. 

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Twitter blew up in response with many software engineers admitting they wouldn’t be able to solve that problem.

But is this a new policy?

Seth Miller (of Wandering Aramean) recounts a story where a customs agent used Wikipedia to quiz him on an airplane.  Seth returned from covering the retirement of the MD-11 from the KLM fleet and the agent wanted to make sure he knew facts about the MD-11.

But this didn’t happen recently–this happened in 2014, so using “research” to quiz someone isn’t a recent phenomenon.

You can check out his whole story here.

I had someone use Google on me at the airport once but in a positive way.  When my purse was accidentally packed by someone else, I was still able to board the plane after a few questions about my age and employment.  They disappeared to verify me and I was able to board the plane.  Just like that.  (I also happened to have one credit card on me with my name on it too, so that may have helped).

I was grilled coming back into the country after a trip to Rome.  I was asked about all the Christmas presents I bought my family–which they, of course, could not verify.  But I guess I was convincing enough!

About Jeanne Marie Hoffman

Former bartender, still a geek. One equal part each cookies, liberty, football, music, travel, libations. Stir vigorously. +Jeanne Marie Hoffman Jeanne on Twitter

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