Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A last note for the evening

On a local radio show some guy called in about the TSA mess and said '...I want to get through the trip alive, in other countries they're REALLY invasive,' etc. To which I thought "So the underwear bomber went through, ah, was it two or three? of those foreign airports with all their 'REALLY invasive searches' and still got on the plane with a bomb... So were they just not invasive ENOUGH or what?"


Keith said...

In Nairobi's Jomo Kenyata airport, you have to put your bags through an x-ray just to get into the building.

All well and good, except the operator is usually too busy chatting to a friend to look at the screen.

There are then about 3 or 4 more check points before you get onto the plane.

London Heathrow has the usual officious little hitlers. Everything had to be put in one bag then five seconds later, laptops etc had to be out again. all shouty and nasty. "It's the law" (no, it's just BAA and their effing monopoly). Heathrow has had dick measuring devices since about 2004. perverts.

Got home to Ireland one time and checking my shirt pockets before I put it in the washing machine, I found a collection of flint blades.

Not that they'd be as effective an improvised weapon as lots of the stuff in the duty free shops

- for any little shit who's that way inclined.

Anonymous said...

I don't know -- going through Frankfort, Munich, Amsterdam, Turin, etc... I found it all very much a formality. No more invasive than the US pre 9/11

Phelps said...

Ditto. I've been through foreign airport security. It is much less invasive than ours, unless you are someone who should be screened, in which case it is ratcheted up quickly.

Everyday traveler, go through the motions. Excuse me, military aged middle eastern gentleman... please come over here.