acsguitar wrote:The Artful Dodger wrote:Tavish wrote:Security alert follows arrests
British and U.S. security agencies quickly moved to impose strict limits on carry-on items in the wake of Thursday's arrests, causing extended delays at airport security checkpoints. (Full story)
The British Airports Authority said no hand luggage would be allowed onto planes leaving British airports until further notice.
No mention of snakes being restricted. I don't think I'll feel safe enough to fly until I hear a definite "no snakes on a plane" rule from the airline security groups.
A little off topic, but for some reason, I remembered this story I had at Heathrow about the inspections process there. I don't know if they do this in airports here, but at Heathrow they take all the Arab or Indian folks to the side and inspect them, while the other folks including myself weren't even screened. If I remembered right, the day before I was to take off from Heathrow, there was a terrorist arrest at Stansted and so, I have to admit I was a little nervous about my flight the next day. But yes, the British intelligence is top-notch.
It does piss me off that we don't screen passangers based on race. Maybee that sounds bad but it seems that most Terrorists aren't white dudes, black dudes, asians, or native american. Sorry we are free here but we do need to be careful.
Also this kinda unnerves me.The metal detector and X-ray machines at airport security checkpoints cannot detect explosives. At many, but not all airport checkpoints, the TSA has deployed walkthrough “sniffer” or “puffer” machines that can detect explosives residue.
Yeah, I'm with you on that. I think here in America if we did passenger screening based on race, there will be folks who are just touchy-feely and cry about it being a practice of discrimination. But my perception as to why it works in the UK is because racism is already a struggle at a not-so-subtle level and why magnify it if there is "racial profiling", for the sake of protecting the general public.