Harmonic_Vibe Posted September 27, 2004 Report Share Posted September 27, 2004 Hey all. You know how frustrating it is now in Canada and the U.S. trying to get through security? The examination of small "pointy" articles such as nail files that aren't even of sufficient quality to perform their designed task, let alone to take over control of an aircraft. The avoidance of "racial profiling" so that a mean, nasty looking guy of swarthy complexion (my idea of a terrorist) is ignored while they strip-search two female, 18-year old German backpackers. Having to show ID in order to get cream with your coffee... etc, etc Well, we've got it good! I was just in one of the former Soviet-bloc Baltic countries and they have adopted even more draconian measures (I wish I had a picture of this but unfortunately my battery was dead on my digital when I departed the airport). As I'm checking in the girl at the KLM counter says, "You are familiar with the list of prohibited articles?" I responded, "I guess so... unless you have different prohibitions than I'm accustomed to." She replies, "There is a sign there..", indicating with her finger, "that has pictures of prohibited or restricted articles. I wandered over to look at the sign and couldn't help bursting out laughing. Instead of a sign detailing the usual personal grooming items that I expected to see, it was actually a large poster showing, in picture form, the things that you weren't allowed to bring on board. For instance: No bundles of dynamite..., No very large, what appears to be, pirate swords, No AK 47's (or their derivatives I'm sure), No handguns... or hand grenades, No fireworks at all!!, No cans of gasoline, No knives or daggers, No baseball bats (apparently they have something against baseball...), No chainsaws (that was definitely my favourite), The list went on... but I never saw any nail files or anything of that ilk... I don't think they understand how exposed they are!!! With all the travellers on this forum I'm sure there must be some fantastic stories of airport encounters out there... Let's hear 'em! HV Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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