Thursday, January 15, 2004

Terror in the Skies?

Yesterday saw another indication of how the western world has gone security mad when a Sudanese man was arrested after he was found to have a few bullets in his coat pocket. The bullets hadn't been picked up by the security arrangements at Dulles Airport in Washington DC and now there is a big uproar about the whole thing.

What? Let's be realistic here, just for a minute. The man had a few bullets in his pocket. Surely arresting him under the Terrorism Act is just a little bit much? I mean, it's not as if he was a threat to the aircraft or its passengers and crew, was it? Unless he's the world spitting champion or something.

Has the whole question of airport and airline security been blown out of proportion to such an extent that something like this can be seen as a security threat? As much as I'd like to say no I fear that I'd be wrong.

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