““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”
This might save your life
Millions of people worldwide wear medical-alert jewelry-bracelets, pendants, dog tags-to notify emergency personnel about conditions ranging from diabetes to epilepsy. Now several companies have taken the idea a step further with introduction of the medical-alert computer flash drive. With this device, the alert message is no longer limited to a half dozen or so engraved words on a piece of jewelry; the drive stores an extensive medical background that can be accessed by simply plugging it into a computer's USB port.
MedicTag of Cape Coral, Fla., is among the companies offering these user-friendly devices. Just connect the drive to your PC and a software program will open automatically, prompting you to enter emergency contact data; lists of physicians, medications, allergies, existing conditions and previous surgeries; and more.
The MedicTag flash drive, which costs about $40, is available through a variety of sources, including Amazon.com. An online search will reveal manufacturers of similar products.