Sunday, July 29, 2012

Irish Flight Security? Strange Story

There's a very peculiar story on YNet about an Irish girl who couldn't take her luggage with her to visit her boyfriend in Israel.  This made me "laugh" at first.  Was some powerful relative of the Israeli guy using a creative way to break up his relationship with a shiksa?

But there's the actual security issue in the story which is more worrying if true.
"The Israeli representatives claimed that it wasn't possible to screen her luggage in Dublin," he said.
Just 45 minutes before the flight, the young woman was finally given the green light to board the plane, but on one condition – she had to leave all her possessions behind, including her hand luggage and her phone. She decided against making the trip.
"I don't know anyone who would travel to a foreign land without anything," the boyfriend said.

Nu, what does that mean?

I've been blogging about being forced to undergo pat-downs in American airports.  Coming from Israel where so many public buildings x-ray pocketbooks, backpacks and shopping bags I can't imagine how an airport, even a small one in Ireland wouldn't be fully equipped with all the security  machinery.

THAT should be the story!

Which countries do not have standard, accepted security routines in their airports?  We should become aware of that.  That list should be well publicized.

The security checks and packing according to the security rules is now very routine.  We may joke about guzzling water before the check-in and running to the first toilet to pish, or being forced to leave scissors, nail-clippers, sunscreen and expensive perfume behind--not funny-- but travelers expect and accept security and try to remember not to wear old socks with holes.  And yes I've blogged a lot about my public pat-downs.  That's the price we must pay.  We take it for granted and know that it doesn't pay to argue with the workers, TSA, or otherwise.  They are doing their jobs and don't make the rules.  Just keep your eyes on your bags at all times, but that's another story.

Modern travel has its dangers, not just technical failures.  That's life.


Anonymous said...

This set off alarm bells and brought up bad memories.

Batya said...