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On the uselessness of the security theater at airports…

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

We happened to travel recently. From Asia back to Europe and as usual, planes are the only way to go.
As we all know, due to terrorist attacks, security checks at airport have gotten stricter and stricter.
One of the most disputable limitation is the amount of fluids you can bring on board. Whether it’s really possible to stop would-be-terrorists with that security measure is beyond me but for sure, for passengers it’s just a hassle.

It gets even worse. We had to change planes at Helsinki. We actually got off the plane and immediately had to pass through a security check. Hello? Where the heck would we have been able to pick up something dangerous? It’s like saying: “We don’t trust the security at other airports!”
Anyway, I brought a pet bottle of water with me from the plane. Of course, I had to hand it over. My travel mate brought a small bottle of salad dressing with her in the hand luggages which was also taken away. When I told the female security guard that I feel safer now that she removed that “dangerous liquid”, she was seriously threatening me: “Do you really want to get on your next plane?” I was so tempted to talk back to her but I guess she was on her period and Finnish women can be very intimidating.
Of course, I’m being unfair now, but once we passed through security we cameĀ  to the kiosks and the duty free section where you can buy all sorts of drinks and stuff. And guess what? When we were boarding the next plane, there were no additional security checks…