Wednesday, August 16, 2006

I can't put my finger on it...

But there is something fishy going on.

You mean to tell me that somehow our governments are so sophisticated, and our security measures are so good, that we can crack a terrorist plot to hide bombs in soda cans, but we can't even keep a 12-year-old kid from boarding an international flight with no ticket and no passport???

I'm sorry -- how does confiscating Aquafina keep us safe, again? Nice to know the powers that be are missing the forest for the trees.


At August 16, 2006 at 7:47 AM, Blogger Michele said...

That's amazing. I can't imagine how a 12 year old can get by undetected...I think I am speechless.

At August 16, 2006 at 7:15 PM, Blogger The Law Fairy said...

yeah, seriously. Do you know how much contraband I could fit inside a 12-year old???

Um, joking there.

At August 16, 2006 at 7:16 PM, Blogger Mlle Smith said...

This is hilarious and scary...all at once.

I had to toss my Lorac foundation, two Lancome Juicy Tubes, and my Great Lash mascara to avoid checking my baggage onto the plane.

If I have a fierce makeup collection, I can't board the plane.

But if I have no passport, no ticket, and a youthful appearance, then I not only get to board the plane, but I even get snacks and a drink. Unbelievable.

At August 16, 2006 at 9:55 PM, Blogger heartinsanfrancisco said...

Last night's news reported that our security geniuses are testing a new method of identifying terrorists by observing passengers' involuntary nervous facial expressions.

Um, we're talking about brainwashed people who think nothing of strapping explosives on their bodies and pulling the ripcord, aren't we? I'm not sure but I'd guess they're way beyond looking "nervous."

Still, I sleep better at night knowing that we're so well protected.

At August 17, 2006 at 2:04 AM, Blogger NWsixer said...

"Do you know how much contraband I could fit inside a 12-year old???"

*coffee over keyboard*

Much as I am glad to throw stones at your government, it's my useless bunch of inbred slackers that failed to stop Harry Potter from wizarding his way past the security.

Mind you, if you look at the news coverage most of our coppers eem to be standing around chatting about the football, at least yours look suitably menacing.

BTW anyone fancy running a book on how long it takes the UK police to release all of the terror suspects without charge?

At August 18, 2006 at 10:37 AM, Blogger The Law Fairy said...

noire dire, I would be so irritated at that. I was talking to a friend about this last night -- making people throw out makeup is RIDICULOUS. I mean, you can easily fit $250 worth or more of makeup into a small makeup bag -- and they're just making people throw it out???? Screw that -- the plane ticket probably didn't cost that much!!

Even worse, my aunt and uncle and cousin just flew from England to Chicago (they were in Europe when this latest round of government oppression started) and they weren't allowed to carry ANYTHING on board. Passport and wallet, that's it. They were literally patting every single person down *at the gate* and confiscating BOOKS from them. This is ridiculous.

But good to know they're only worrying about us dangerous criminal types, what with our anti-freedom Laura Mercier foundation and such.

heartinsf, the government is speaking out of two sides of its mouth. On the one hand, "oh my god! The terrorists are too smart!!! We're all going to die!!!!" (note the irony of the fact that spreading terror is exactly what terrorism is designed to do -- by my account our government and the media are playing right into their hands). On the other, "we are so great. You should trust us. We have this all under control, all you need to do is just believe us and give up your rights. We promise, it will be worth it."

Unbelievable. Are people REALLY this ignorant of world history that they BELIEVE this shit???

nwsixer, no government is perfect, mine or yours. In the grand scheme of things I think that accidentally letting a 12-year-old on a plane is really not such a troubling thing, inherently. BUT when you keep in mind that I'm not even allowed to bring a water bottle on board, even if I am hacking up a lung and dehydrating myself from explosive diarrhea I developed from bad airport food, you better damn well make sure you're not making exceptions for other people. I hate hypocrisy, and government hypocrisy is the worst.

At September 1, 2006 at 12:28 PM, Blogger Litoralis said...

During that same weekend I managed to get into the EU without a passport or customs check while travelling with my wife and 9 month old daughter. We arrived at Shannon airport (Ireland) at about 6:00am and were sent down the wrong corridor by an employee. We ended up in the departure lounge where we waited for our next flight amongst US Marines headed back home from Iraq. I assumed we would be checked when we got off our next flight to Heathrow, but we just ended up in the normal arrival concourse of the airport.


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