« Last post by sammycat on Today at 09:46:29 PM »
I think we've mostly forgotten due to the stringent security changes implemented since 9/11, but they've been saying to hold on to your own luggage and not to watch anyone else's since way before 2001. Airports and airplanes have been terrorist targets practically as long as there have been airlines. Baggage screening was first implemented in the 70s. And let's face it, 9/11 was almost 13 years ago.
So it's surprising to me that people would still think it's ok to let their belongings out of their sight for even a minute. I sure wouldn't do it no matter how inconvenient or cumbersome. And I'd never watch someone else's stuff.
Silly to leave your bomb inside the airport after getting it through security? Airports get bombed too, not just planes. Here's an article about this happening way back in 1975, so it's nothing new.
To be honest, much of what they do to "secure" air travel does seem somewhat silly. It gives us a false sense of security. I've known people who have gone through the checkpoint and realized later they had a pocket knife or similar contraband in their luggage and had forgotten about it. But they'll confiscate your shampoo soon enough if it's over three ounces.
I guess they are doing the best they can but in the end, I think we also need to take some responsibility for safety. I just see being cavalier about our and others' belongings as irresponsible.
Very true. Based on the regions I travel around I'm actually more concerned about someone slipping illegal drugs into my bags than bombs going off.
On my last trip to the US, my toothpaste was confiscated at Brisbane airport. The tube description was 10gm over the limit but it was half used, so way under the actual weight amount. On the other hand, they didn't care about the three very sharp razors I had in the same overnight bag.
One other time my son's plastic toddler spoon was confiscated at the domestic airport as I went to farewell DH off. But they were fine with the sharp craft knife DH didn't realise he had left in his briefcase until he arrived at the hotel.