The Ranting Kraut

19.3.2006 – 27.9.2010

Under Suspicion

Posted by rantingkraut on August 20, 2006

Flight security was high on the news agenda this week –with some unusual stories. First with reports of passengers insisting on the removal of two fellow passengers who were thought to behave suspiciously. And then, there was this 12 year old who almost managed to dodge his fare.

Of course, I don’t know how well founded the suspicions against those two unfortunate travellers were. I can see why they would be annoyed in the extreme (as I would be). But unjustified as the suspicions may have been, they have given us the wonderful opportunity to juxtapose these two passages from the BBC news page:

Mr Mahmood (…) called for air passengers to understand that once people were allowed through security “they should be OK”.

David Reynolds, from the British Airline Pilots Association, said there were “very tight procedures” in place to ensure only the “right sort of people” boarded flights.
(Source)

and, as quoted earlier:

An airline boss has admitted to “multiple failures” after a boy managed to board one of its planes without tickets during the security alert.

The 12-year-old, believed to be from Penrith in Cumbria, was found on Monday’s 0600 BST Monarch flight from Gatwick Airport before it took off.
(Source)

Priceless! And, didn’t Richard Reed, the shoe bomber, make it through airport security?

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