Jan 18, 2016 I Paul Seaburn

Man Avoids Airport Security By Self-Implanting a Chip

You only need to take one plane trip to realize that torture chambers still exist on earth in the form of airports with their endless long lines, checkpoints, disrobing stations, interrogations, X-rays and searches. One man says he ended the torture by implanting a chip in his arm with all of his travel and personal data and breezed through an airport with a smile on his face, a song in his heart and no boarding pass or ID in his hand. Is he a genius or did he just trade one torture for another?

The experiment was conducted by Scandinavian Airlines, which already offers an NFC-readable (Near Field Communication) sticker containing passenger information. But that’s on something in the passenger’s hand, not “in” the passenger’s hand like the chip from Dangerous Things (motto: “Don’t say we didn’t warn you!”).

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It says it right on the label ... "Dangerous Things"

Also working with Scandinavian Airlines and Dangerous Things on this test was the technology consulting company Sogeti whose vice president of digital, Andreas Sjöström, willing offered his arm, personal data and travel information for the test. Sjöström was provided a do-it-yourself chip implant kit from Dangerous Things, a developer of biohacking and science equipment. The kit contained surgical gloves, syringes, one xNT chip and instructions on how to surrender your soul implant the chip.

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Andreas Sjöström getting the chip implanted

The chip was loaded with Sjöström's Scandinavian Airlines EuroBonus member ID and anything else needed to pass through airport security and injected under his skin. He then walked through Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport from check-in through security to the lounge and eventually past the gate and boarded the aircraft by just passing his hand over readers. Nothing else, Andreas?

I didn't have to pull out anything.

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Getting the chip scanned

That’s good news for U.S. travelers who are subjected to security pat-downs, strip-downs and more. The xNT chip has already been used to unlock car doors make digital payments, operate a phone and open doors. Is passengers waving their chip-embedded hands over scanners the wave of the future for airport check-ins and security? Here’s what test Andreas Sjöström has to say:

This is just an experiment with no plans of actual public implementation… When traveling, you are always required to provide a valid ID when requested.


Do you believe him or do you believe the chip is already out of the bag? Are you ready to have a microchip implanted just to avoid lines at an airport? Would you buy a DIY microchip insertion kit from a company called Dangerous things? Would you buy ANYTHING from a company called Dangerous Things?

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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