Stun gun found on plane

July 11, 2011 1:57:16 PM PDT
So now federal investigators will look into how a stun gun got onto a Jet Blue flight from Boston to Newark. Makes sense - because the stun gun, masquerading as a cell phone - got past security and exposed another hole in airport safety.

There was some quick blather that the problem with all this is that airlines are allowing people to bring too much stuff onboard as carry- on. But it doesn't address the problem exposed - after all, no way will cell phones be banned from being taken on board.

The bigger problem is that these devices - which anyone can buy on the Internet for about $50 - weren't more carefully looked at before this.

We'll have the latest on this yet-another embarrassment for the TSA, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, we're following the debt-talks, or rather lack of talks. The U.S. will, technically, default on its debt on Aug. 2, if a new deal isn't agreed upon.

And we're at Lincoln Center, where the new and last Harry Potter movie gets its premiere.

We're also looking into reports that the CIA organized fake vaccinations in Abbottabad ? all in an attempt to get Osama bin Laden's family DNA.

Also at 11, do you "stay connected" to your work during your vacations?

It's a fascinating question - and we talk about it here. I tend to stay in touch - or at least keep plugged in to the news. Part is job definition, part of it is personality. The last time I totally unplugged and was unavailable was the fall of 1988, and I went on a two-week camping trip.

I was totally out of communication. Didn't check phone messages. Didn't check in with friends of family.

And I'll never do it again. During those two weeks, my mother was hospitalized with lung cancer that had just been discovered. And no one knew where I was or how to reach me.

She would live only 12 more weeks, and if I had stayed connected during my vacation, I could have spent two more weeks with her.

So I vowed I'd never do anything like that again. And I haven't.

But I get it that not everyone shares that point of view.

But technology is making it harder for people to make that choice on their own.

Our story tonight finds that 66% of people surveyed will check and respond to email during their time off, and 29% expect they will attend virtual meetings while on vacation.

Carolina Leid looks into this stay-connection vacationing, at 11.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg with his sizzling AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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