I was able to recover the erased images from my Compact Flash
camera memory card, using Recover98
Here are the images that confounded the FAA:
This one was particularly troublesome- this is a photocopy from a brochure describing
a commercial scanner designed to help the nearly blind to read. When I showed
them how to view all my recorded images, Airport security apparently thought
this might be some sort of documentation of "airport security scanning
equipment"- both the FAA and the FBI apparently accepted this as sufficient
reason for my detention.
There were a number of photocopies of this photo- my great-grandmother, and
grandmother, riding a carriage in Port Angeles, Washington, in the late 19th
century (I'm glad I managed to save these!)
Several shots of the Olympic Mountains peeking out of the clouds, taken through
the window during my flight from Seattle.
The first of two photos taken in the Honolulu Inter Island Terminal, on my arrival
The photo that precipitated my 3 hour detention, and the confiscation of my
camera. AKAL Security, and the FAA, thought this photo showed an attempt to
document airport security, for terroristic purposes. As mentioned by the FBI
during my interrogation, there is in fact an image of a security camera included
in this photo (I was not aware of this, at the time I took the photo). My camera
and memory card were confiscated, and were not released until all of these images
had been "erased" from the memory card.
Might my publishing this photo be grounds for arrest, as a security threat
to the United States? Dunno... contact my legislators, if you don't hear from
Please remember to completely PURGE & SHRED these images from your cache
files & hard drive- simply deleting them may not protect you from prosecution.