‘containers must hold no more than 100ml’

I travelled down to Stansted to meet up with my eldest grandson, who had travelled up from the South-east segment of London with his Dad and Mum so I could catch up with how much I had missed since last seeing him at Christmas. The journeys back and forth were routine, and of course short; my time with my son and my grandson was limited because of the need to return to the airport early: but it was a magic time for a thoroughly-chuffed Grandad.

The magic time was diluted by the ritual humiliation doled out in generous quantities by the Dept. Transport’s Airport Security Gestapo, all of whose employees have been taught to ignore the common English words such as ‘Please’, instead relying on a imperious beckoning of a bent hand to signify that the culprit should walk through the ceremonial  punishment arch (metal detector); after which you are subjected to a pat-down search which came pretty close, in my case anyway, to being a classic case of common assault. If the prospective traveller says anything at all to respond to this gross invasion of privacy and personal space, you are immediately accused of ‘interfering with a lawful search’ and in danger of not only missing your flight, but of actually being detained by this bunch of out-of-uniform Nazi stormtroopers.

A level of security is necessary, when it is known that the murderous fanatics would have murdered their own families as a ‘price worth paying’ to smuggle their explosives on board the target aircraft; but one does have to ask the simple question,‘How many 74-year-old white Geordie-born bearded Grandfathers have actually been discovered making plans to murder a plane-load of strangers’?

4 comments for “‘containers must hold no more than 100ml’

  1. Bucko
    May 28, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    “‘How many 74-year-old white Geordie-born bearded Grandfathers have actually been discovered making plans to murder a plane-load of strangers’?”

    But they can’t racially profile, because that’s what would be wrong.

    I don’t actually think the powers believe any of this stuff would stop terrorists. I think they just do it to be seen to be doing something. They don’t really have a clue what that something should be so just make the response as visible and in your face as possible so we’re all aware of the gargantuan efforts they take on our behalf.

    Either that or they just enjoy pissing us off because they can.

  2. May 29, 2015 at 3:00 am

    Yes but….. its job creation innit. No but…. they don’t have to nice cuz you’re the airline’s customer not their’s, see. No but…. old bearded grand-dads deserve equal treatment, like wot they get from the police busting doors down looking for wife/girlfriend/captured-floozy bashing, innit, even if they get the door wrong and you live alone? Wossyernameonthefloorshaddap !

  3. Buck Moody
    May 29, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Abusing the nebulous threat of ‘terrorism’ to circumvent due process and destroy the rule of law is the same tactic that Fascists have always used to cement their power grabs! Old as the hills and it’s shameful that people are falling for it yet again.

  4. Hereward unbowed.
    May 30, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    I used to fly pretty regularly between the north and London, it was an easy and fairly flexible and relaxed affair, but it is not so now, these days, I either drive or travel on the choo choo.

    National security, a paradox and scandal of breath taking incompetence and hypocritical double standards and add bone numbing institutionalized procedure – what the fuck has this cuntry descended to – and the answer there cameth……………

    Third world shit hole.

    It’s kinda the authorities punishing you for their very own, specifically designed open door, ‘let em all in’ slack immigration policy – yer know the one where they blindfolded allow in any Tom, Rachid, Abdul or Pakistani rapist into the cuntry.

    Next have the temerity to then castigate, browbeat and threaten the law abiding ones [you and me] ergo, – “the TERRORIST THREAT grants us carte Blanche to do as we bloody well puleeze matey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    We voted for them.

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