Thursday, August 10, 2006

Liquid woes

No Shampoos and contact lens solutions on board, Toiletries in the trash?
What is the world coming to?

Liquid explosives, I’m not too sure it’s a completely new idea, seems like all concerned were caught off-balance as happens with any such terrorist attack or plan, and of course when the target is the either in the US or the UK, you’ve got to expect mountains to move. But in this world of volatility, is there any damage control worthy of thwarting such evil plans?

My experience at London, Heathrow was pretty painful, I had a very short stop-over at LHR… and had to run all the way to my departure terminal, yes it was tight, but the delay was at the security check in, the awfully long lines, the painful checks… I thought it was too much then, I can only imagine, what it’s gonna be like now. But what more can they do in times like these?, I mean you can’t personally frisk each person in and out? Or can you?

Can all these security measures be enough? My first thought when we got circulars on the new baggage rules wherein no cabin luggage would be allowed was that they needed to increase the baggage limit, 50 pounds if including hand baggage is way too little….
There is a list of items you can carry with you on board, a transparent bag with only those items mentioned, for how long this rule will be in effect, no one knows. The response to this inconvenience is hardly surprising. Of course I’d rather be safe than sorry, giving up my toothpaste to be alive, there’s hardly any choice there!!

We can only wait and see, all those sophisticated, criminals minds are going to find new ways to hack into the not so fool proof airport security system, they have proved it a number of times. We live in a complex world, the very fact that we talk about terrorism without breaking a sweat is proof enough of the fact that we have been infiltrated. A WTC could happen anywhere, you don’t have to be a diplomat to fear Al-Qaeda, we agree, terrorism has become a parcel of our being, each one of us vulnerable to this phenomenon wherever we may be.

3 comments:

Rajesh said...

Wow!! Touchy touchy issues!

>No Shampoos and contact lens solutions on board, Toiletries in the trash? What is the world coming to?

How about road trips?? ;)

>But in this world of volatility, is there any damage control worthy of thwarting such evil plans?

Heard of knee-jerk reaction??
And this event happens when the authorities were becoming considerate enough to allow razors inside cabin-luggages!

> I mean you can’t personally frisk each person in and out? Or can you?

Physically yes! Mentally??

> 50 pounds if including hand baggage is way too little….

When the cabin luggage wasn't supposed to weigh more than 12 pounds in the first place?? :D
I'm around 165 (pounds.. not kilos!) right now.. in a few yrs time, I hope the airlines don't tell me to cut down on my weight to get into the plane!

> There is a list of items you can carry with you on board, a transparent bag with only those items mentioned,

Are you sure there's nothing in the circular about walking into the metal detector/X-ray machine and plane with hands on top of your head?? ;)

> The response to this inconvenience is hardly surprising.

I look at the half-full glass this way.. increase in purchase of toiletries and other liquids is only going to boost the economy!

> Of course I’d rather be safe than sorry, giving up my toothpaste to be alive, there’s hardly any choice there!!

Ah! I look at it this way... How much of your freedom are you willing to compromise to save your tail which could get run over by a drunk when you step out on the road tomorrow! How much are you willing to suck up to the government when the "color-code" turns "red"!

> We can only wait and see, all those sophisticated, criminals minds are going to find new ways to hack into the not so fool proof airport security system, they have proved it a number of times.

Look at India! Living proof that you do not need planes to cause destruction to lives and public property!

> the very fact that we talk about terrorism without breaking a sweat is proof enough of the fact that we have been infiltrated

Hey hey! Isn't that President George Bush's line on Fox TV?? ;)

> terrorism has become a parcel of our being, each one of us vulnerable to this phenomenon wherever we may be.

Terrorism ought to be the most misused word by the media lately! For me, a person robbing me at knifepoint is also a terrorist since he/she is the cause of terror in his/her victim! That's why I look over my shoulders, be it at the airport or in an alley!
So tell me now.. Know of any country that did not have terrorists in its history or does not have any at present?

RZD said...

Rajesh, you seriously need to start your own blog so that I can comment!!

Rajesh said...

Hey! I though I'm doing so much writing on your blog that I'll call it mine too ;) So go forth and comment!! :)