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.
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!