View Full Version : Cyborg sues Air Canada over Strip-Search

21st Mar 2002, 07:42
Not makin' this up folks! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Roll Eyes]" src="rolleyes.gif" /> . .. . . .Page URL: http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?f=/stories/20020320/392364.html. .. .March 20, 2002. .. .Self-proclaimed cyborg to sue Air Canada over strip search. .Toronto professor. .. .Ron Corbett. .Ottawa Citizen. .A University of Toronto professor, who refers to himself as a "cyborg," says he will sue Air Canada for a strip-search and two-day delay that resulted when he tried to board a flight in St. John's, Nfld., last month.. .. .Steve Mann, 39, says he will be filing a lawsuit this week claiming $1-million in damages from his failed attempt to board an Air Canada plane. His claim has already attracted the attention of the syndicated television show Inside Edition.. .. .Mr. Mann, an engineering professor and a pioneer in the field of "wearable computers," and who prefers to call himself a cyborg, says when he tried to board the Air Canada flight wearing his computerized glasses, headgear and electronic body suit he was subjected to an extensive search.. .. .He missed the flight and had to wait two days before he was able to catch another.. .. .Mr. Mann says he was so traumatized by the incident he checked himself into hospital upon his return to Toronto. His lawsuit will allege the airline discriminated against him because he is a cyborg -- and will seek damages for loss of income and mental anguish.. .. ."I know there are a lot of people out there who will read this and say 'This doesn't affect me, I'm not a cyborg,' " says Mr. Mann, "But the way I was treated by Air Canada, it could happen to anyone.". .. .Mr. Mann has been wearing computerized eye visors and other computer equipment attached to his body for more than 20 years. He is constantly connected to the Internet, and can use special cameras to see behind his head and even add a "sixth sense" -- touching objects across the room, for example -- when he has the right software program running.. .. .He had no trouble boarding an Air Canada flight from Toronto to St. John's on Feb. 16, on his way to Memorial University to sit as an external examiner on a PhD thesis.. .. .On the return flight two days later, however, Mr. Mann says he was told he could not board the plane while wearing his computer equipment. He insisted he could not remove the items for medical reasons, and was told to return with a doctor's note.. .. .The next day he returned with such a note. Skeptical airport officials examined the note, and then insisted on progressively more thorough searches of the computer equipment -- culminating in a strip search the following day.. .. .Mr. Mann finally flew out of Newfoundland on Feb. 20.. .. .He says he was bleeding when he boarded the Air Canada flight -- after electrodes were removed from his chest -- and was riding in a wheelchair after collapsing during the strip search.. .. ."I thought I was never going to get out of Newfoundland," says Mr. Mann. "I've travelled all over the world, and never had these sorts of problems. All my equipment was damaged, some of it beyond repair.". .. .Mr. Mann has retained Toronto lawyer Gary Neinstein to sue Air Canada, the St. John's Airport Authority and Transport Canada. The lawyer has filed a notice of the impending lawsuit, and will make the formal claim this week.. .. ."Basically, we are going to argue Professor Mann was discriminated against because he is a cyborg," says Mr. Neinstein.. .. ."You can laugh at that, but I don't see the difference between showing up at the airport in a wearable computer, and showing up in a wheelchair.. .. ."My client is a cyborg, not a terrorist.". . . .. .[Back]

The Nr Fairy
21st Mar 2002, 14:00
Quote : "My client is a cyborg, not a terrorist.". .. .No, he's not a terrorist, nor a cyborg. He's in need of psychiatric help to reconnect with the real world.

21st Mar 2002, 14:17
BTW how does Mr Mann talk?. .. ."Byyy yooouuur command" ??. .. ."Exterrrrrrminate! Exterrrrrminate! ??. .. ."Crush! kill! destroy!" ??. .. ."Resistance is useless!" ??. .. .And why doesnt Mr Mann change his name to Mr Cyborg if he isnt a mann?. .. .Oh and has he got a cyborg d!ck? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />

21st Mar 2002, 14:17
Well done Air Canada.

21st Mar 2002, 18:07
he obviously had a hardwear problem

21st Mar 2002, 20:28
The man is constantly connected to the internet.... See how addicting forums like this can get! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> I'll bet some of you are wondering where you can get your hands on one of those contraptions. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Razz]" src="tongue.gif" /> . .. .How did he manage to fly OUT of Pearson with no questions asked? Were the security people so busy checking his shoes, they didn't notice the wires running down his neck? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Confused]" src="confused.gif" /> . .. .How does he shower? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Confused]" src="confused.gif" />

tony draper
21st Mar 2002, 20:37
He the loon that rides around on one of them prone bicycles and is in constant touch with chat sites ?. . .Been on the telly a few times.. .Ooerr sounds like me without the bike. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Razz]" src="tongue.gif" />. . . . <small>[ 21 March 2002, 16:38: Message edited by: tony draper ]</small>

Tartan Gannet
21st Mar 2002, 22:15
Nutter! Deserved everything he got and more. Well Done Air Cananda.

21st Mar 2002, 22:24
I wouldn't be surprised if he gets damages though, even if he is a [email protected], IMHO.. .. .If he collapsed after being searched then maybe he wasn't fit enough to board the plane in the first place.

Life of TrollyDollyLover
21st Mar 2002, 22:54
I would love to see a picture, If he becomes famous I may have to copy it for the next fancy dress party I go to!!!

21st Mar 2002, 23:00
Here ya go, TDL:. .http://wearcam.org/steve.html

22nd Mar 2002, 00:59
Just perused the link posted above; interesting character!. .. .Not quite sure why most of you have decided he's a nutter. OK, he's different, but hey........... .. .Sounds like some overzealous so-called security staff at work. (again) <img border="0" title="" alt="[Roll Eyes]" src="rolleyes.gif" />

22nd Mar 2002, 01:17
Speaking of strip-searches, get this:. .. .http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-321stripsearch.story?coll=sfla%2Dhome%2Dhead lines. .. .Ahh, to be in elementary school ... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Roll Eyes]" src="rolleyes.gif" />

22nd Mar 2002, 06:14
Mr. Mann. .. .Very creative, cutting edge stuff, really.. .. .Just keep it off aeroplanes for the time being. .. .and try current events as a requisite study instead of being a self-indulgent prat.

22nd Mar 2002, 06:27
"I thought I was never going to get out of Newfoundland.". .. .Shows what he knows - everybody gets out of Newfoundland. Beautiful place though.. .. .Maritimers have always been suspicious of men with antennas. My Grandad once built an antenna in Halifax. He was arrested for it.

22nd Mar 2002, 06:34
My Grandad once built an antenna in Halifax. He was arrested for it. . .. .-----------------------------------------------. .. .What was he trying to do? Pick up something other than CBC? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

22nd Mar 2002, 13:53
From today's Sun:. .. .World's first bionic man . .By SARA NATHAN. .. .A PROFESSOR has been turned into the world’s first cyborg by a 500,000 operation. . .. .Surgeons plumbed a microchip into nerves in Kevin Warwick’s arm to make him part man-part robot. Now Prof Warwick’s nervous system can be wired up to a computer. . .. .It will record movements like his fingers wiggling — plus feelings such as shock and pain. . .. .Scientists at Reading University will also fire electrical impulses into the prof’s arm to study how it moves and whether they can recreate emotions like anger. . .. .And Prof Warwick — who works at the university — even hopes to give himself a Bat-like sixth sense. By plugging an ultrasonic sensor into his arm, he aims to navigate around obstacles blind. . .. .Prof Warwick, 48, said yesterday: “What we’re doing is historic and momentous. It is going to change the world.” . .. .Researchers will now put the boffin and his bionic arm through a month of experiments. . .. .Prof Warwick said: “They will be jumping out on me to see what signals are generated when I’m surprised and monitoring me when I watch a video of my football club, Reading.” . .. .The cybernetics expert is no stranger to having the latest technology under his skin. . .. .Four years ago, he had a smaller silicon chip temporarily inserted in his left arm and it opened doors and switched on lights as he arrived at work. . .. .In the latest op surgeons at Oxford’s Radcliffe Infirmary implanted a 3mm-wide silicon square into his left wrist. They connected 100 hair-thin electrodes into Prof Warwick’s median nerve. . .. .Wires fed out through his skin will be linked to a radio transmitter and monitored for months. . .. .Prof Warwick believes the op may restore movement to paralysed limbs and lead to humans having X-ray vision. . .. .The experts also aim to connect his nervous system to wife Irena’s to see if they can make each other’s fingers move. . .. .Irena, 53, said: “If it helps disabled or blind people it’s a good thing.”

The Nr Fairy
22nd Mar 2002, 14:19
I did see a clip on telly of a blind Japanese teenager who was playing baseball with his father - and hitting the ball with some success.. .. .He was using a sonar-type device and with a bit of training was doing damned well - I think it was a sunglasses type affair, but if THAT could be integrated into the nervous system, well . . .

The Nut Behind The Wheel
22nd Mar 2002, 15:32
I tell you what- I'D like to attach a couple of leads to this retard. About 10000 volts and 150 amps worth. And that goes for his slimy lawyer as well!. .The hospital visit I would send him for would have nothing to do with leads being ripped out- more like for the removal of inserted items! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="smile.gif" />

22nd Mar 2002, 16:44
Slasher! Ugh!. .. .It was Daleks that said "Exterminate! Exterminate!". .. .Blimey!! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Roll Eyes]" src="rolleyes.gif" />

22nd Mar 2002, 18:24
Exactly, Azure. It was near the end of WWI. The army moved those with construction skills into Halifax to help with the rebuilding of the city. My Grandad built a radio antenna. It landed him in jail on espionage charges. I think the charges were eventually dropped. Much before my time - and the CBC's.