before i forget ... mike commented the other day "Good God, man, you don't do brevity, do you?" ... sorry mike we have met? ... and your point was? ... well this may well turn out to be a long post again ... take a run up to it ... read a bit at a time ... where is it written that blogs have to be pithy or short or brief ?... sometimes i do little posts ... other times i ramble a bit ... i make no apology for being me ... if i was to start apologising for that we would be here for weeks
as we left the airport the other night i saw this sign ...
and it got me thinking
leaving aside the general feeling that airlines are supposed to be providing a service that for the most part we pay an awful lot of money for ... i can't be the only person who is left with the feeling that they are taking advantage of this situation to make our lives even more unbearable and applying some ill thought through random rules
i kind of understand they have to be careful ... (always in hindsight and it has to be said the words horse - stable - door - bolted spring to mind) ... but some of this list just doesn't make any sense ... why for instance is that you can't take non-safety matches implying that safety matches are ok? ... you can still start a fire with safety matches
as a smoker and also someone who does need the odd drop of water passing my lips after waiting around in a hot airport i can see trouble ahead the next time i fly anywhere ... because of the terrorist threat i have to be at the airport hours ahead of schedule to allow intense security searching to take place ... if i want to smoke i have to purchase cigarettes and lighter and then throw the lighter away before going onboard because they are not allowed to be on my person or in my hand luggage ... oh hang on i mustn't even have a lighter in my suitcase according to another small sign
so hours queuing and my time being wasted and if i want to drink water or any other beverage i can but i have to throw it away before i get onboard ... no sipping a coffee ... no water bottle in your bag for the long journey ... must be a nightmare if you are travelling with children
'no sharp objects' ... so thats the mother-in-law grounded for the duration ... the tongue on her she'll never be allowed on a flight ever again
with each terrorst attack is this list going to grow and grow toi include stuff that someone in an office somewhere just doesn't like ... flat caps ... loud clothes ... ugly people
all of which raises the question ... since 9/11 the airlines have had five years to invest some of their huge profits into more sophisticated security why hasn't that happened? ... then again why bother when you can just as easily delay members of the public ... bark at them ... treat them like cattle and basically behave as if we should be grateful that they even consider letting us on a plane
i have had my share of arguments with airport staff in the past because they do sometimes seem to lose sight of the fact that majority of people who travel with them are customers not terrorists ... everyone understands the need for security and diligence but i do feel that it can be handled with courtesy and respect
would it hurt to have some leaflets that explains the reasoning behind the decisions for the items on the sign above ... if people understand why something is happening it makes it much easier to deal with ... because i have yet to hear of terrorist incident involving a mascara !
how does that work? everybody down in the floor one false move and i will make your lashes a bit thicker and give them the illusion of length and we don't want that do we? ... because your worth it
and jams? i mean really!
an attempt to avoid sticky situations? why jam why not honey? people try to blow up planes ... bomb cities ... kill and maim ... and we have to avoid carrying jam in our bag?
the world gone just a teeny weeny bit mad