[UPDATE: the geniuses at NMA.tv have created a highly informative video simulation of the event, added below]
Steve Jobs is known for his temper, but apparently he's sometimes armed and dangerous as well. According to a report in a Japanese tabloid
, airport officials told Jobs he couldn't bring the ninja throwing stars he had in his bag through the security checkpoint. The incensed CEO supposedly threw the shuriken
in the garbage and told the security officers that he'll never visit Japan again. An Apple spokesman says that "the incidents described at the airport are pure fiction," adding that Jobs "hopes to visit Japan again soon."
SPA!, a weekly magazine with a history of publishing controversial stories and manga
, claims that security at Kansai International Airport near Osaka, had detected the weapons inside Jobs's carry-on bag in July as he was returning home to the U.S. from a family vacation in Kyoto. Citing unidentified sources at the airport and the transportation ministry, the story goes that Jobs blew up at security officials, complaining that he was going home via private jet, and that it would make no sense for him to try and hijack his own plane. However, the argument made no difference to the security, who are responsible for making sure that no weapons go into the secure area. For all they knew, it could have been a fake Steve Jobs
, planning an attack. Eventually, Jobs threw the stars away while security watched, and groused that this was his last trip to japan.
According to Bloomberg
, a spokesman at Kansai Airport did confirm that a passenger had indeed attempted to board a private plane in July and had been stopped for having shuriken
that "Steve did visit Japan this summer for a vacation in Kyoto, but the incidents described at the airport are pure fiction. Steve had a great time and hopes to visit Japan again soon.”
Source: Apple 2.0