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August 17, 2007

Open Your Suitcase

Filed under: airport security, Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, Herman, humor — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am


And yes, I know this is dangerously close to belonging on the Arlo Page


  1. Jim Unger always liked doing strips about customs agents and smugglers (smuggling things like watches or cameras to avoid duty, not drugs). This guy is apparently so guilty that he passed out when confronted.

    Comment by David — August 17, 2007 @ 9:57 am

  2. It’s probably Arlo. Take a look at:
    Note NSFW.

    Comment by someone else — August 17, 2007 @ 9:20 pm

  3. I’m sure I don’t get the joke, and I’m sure Mr. Unger didn’t mean for it to look as suggestive as it does. Yet it really does look like it belongs on the Arlo page.

    Comment by Matt — August 18, 2007 @ 1:51 am

  4. I sent this in because it simply isn’t clear what the prostrate man is up to: did he faint? Is he trying to hide? Nothing in the panel makes sense…

    Comment by Jim — August 18, 2007 @ 4:45 pm

  5. Is my comment not showing up? The urban dictionary definitions (the first two) should explain why the traveler is in that particular stance – he’s awaiting a particular examination based on the slang usage of the term ‘suitcase.’ While I did mark it as NSFW, I don’t mean that it’s [too] nasty, but just that you should err on the safe side.

    Comment by someone else — August 18, 2007 @ 6:17 pm

  6. Someone Else, I see your comment listed at #2

    Comment by Cidu Bill — August 18, 2007 @ 6:40 pm

  7. OH. I felt that Unger was too “square” to know “suitcase” as slang. OK, that works.

    Comment by Jim — August 18, 2007 @ 9:38 pm

  8. Just a note: I saw this cartoon in a “Herman” compilation art least thirty years ago… these cartoons are not fresh, folks. So take that into account when discussing slang possibilities.

    Actually, I have assumed (for decades) that the passenger fainted at the necessity of unpacking and repacking a suitcase packed to the limits of caacity and beyond. It was amuch more innocent age back then.

    Comment by dave W — August 19, 2007 @ 11:34 pm

  9. Yeah I’d probably go with the “passing out” argument. Seems to make the most sense, but I don’t see how it has any pop-references considering its quite an old one.

    Comment by trademark registration — December 9, 2007 @ 3:32 pm

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