Apple’s Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs had some trouble in Japan while trying to board his private jet. Jobs was returning home to the U.S. from a family vacation in Kyoto, Japan when security officials detected Shuriken (Ninja stars) in his carry-on luggage. A security scan at Kansai International Airport discovered the weapons and he was barred from taking them aboard his private plane. It is required at some airports that all luggage be scanned whether you are flying commercial or private. Jobs reportedly said it wouldn’t make sense for a person to try to hijack their own plane. Security at the airport disagreed and demanded he remove the stars. Jobs, clearly aggravated, later swore to officials he would never visit Japan again. While it’s hard to believe that Steve Jobs would follow up on that threat, considering that Japan is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world and a huge consumer of his products, his frustration is understandable.
Many people mistakenly believe that because they are on board a private flight, the typical security regulations don’t apply to them. Technically, the same standards apply to all flights, private or commercial. The caveat is that on a private flight there just isn’t as much oversight, so usually there aren’t any questions asked. Passengers should still be aware of the requirements and prohibited items listed on the TSA Website.