Making sense isn't easy these days

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Fred Hatfield
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It’s easy these days to be cynical.
Take the case recently come to light of a teenager going to the Edmonton airport with a pipe bomb. Security confiscated the bomb,   then allowed the teen to make his way to the airplane.

See anything wrong with this picture?

Considering that everything from a fingernail clipper to a bottle of water or shampoo is – or has been – cause for alarm when someone boards a plane, shouldn’t someone with a pipe bomb prompt more of a response than confiscating the bomb and allowing the person to proceed onto the aircraft?

We understand security personnel cannot arrest someone, but surely when a kid shows up at an airport with a bomb common sense should prevail and the police called immediately. 

Travel by air is not the fun ride the airlines used to proudly advertise.

Getting to the plane can involve anything from a simple luggage search to x-ray type pictures of the body at some places. This is the reality of the post-9/11 world.

 Of course, now that the pipe bomb incident has come to light we get the regular babble from the feds. “Passenger safety is our main concern,” the say.

Well, it should be.

The days when you could show up at an airport and chat with the friendly airline personnel handling your tickets are over. They’ve been replaced by an aura of suspicion whenever anyone from a 90-year-old grandmother to a toddler in a stroller nears the airport 

And make sure your nail file isn’t in the picture.

 But a pipe bomb? Well, we’ll just confiscate it like we do toothpaste or whatever else deemed dangerous and send you onto the aircraft.

 This climate of fear we’ve allowed to take over our lives, of course, isn’t limited to air travel.

 Just watch the fences come up and the security guards man their posts on Yarmouth’s public wharf whenever one of those small “cruise ships” brings passengers to our fair town.

 Really, does anyone seriously think the people around here are a threat to the tourists? Considering the gun culture south of us, some of the visitors are more apt to be a threat to us than we are to them if they fail to check their firearms before departing.  We just want to see the boat.

And we also just want to know when someone comes to an airport with a pipe bomb he isn’t allowed on the plane.

Common sense – as others have said – really isn’t that common. And we all pay the price for what looks like terminal stupidity.

See anything wrong with this picture?

Considering that everything from a fingernail clipper to a bottle of water or shampoo is – or has been – cause for alarm when someone boards a plane, shouldn’t someone with a pipe bomb prompt more of a response than confiscating the bomb and allowing the person to proceed onto the aircraft?

We understand security personnel cannot arrest someone, but surely when a kid shows up at an airport with a bomb common sense should prevail and the police called immediately. 

Travel by air is not the fun ride the airlines used to proudly advertise.

Getting to the plane can involve anything from a simple luggage search to x-ray type pictures of the body at some places. This is the reality of the post-9/11 world.

 Of course, now that the pipe bomb incident has come to light we get the regular babble from the feds. “Passenger safety is our main concern,” the say.

Well, it should be.

The days when you could show up at an airport and chat with the friendly airline personnel handling your tickets are over. They’ve been replaced by an aura of suspicion whenever anyone from a 90-year-old grandmother to a toddler in a stroller nears the airport 

And make sure your nail file isn’t in the picture.

 But a pipe bomb? Well, we’ll just confiscate it like we do toothpaste or whatever else deemed dangerous and send you onto the aircraft.

 This climate of fear we’ve allowed to take over our lives, of course, isn’t limited to air travel.

 Just watch the fences come up and the security guards man their posts on Yarmouth’s public wharf whenever one of those small “cruise ships” brings passengers to our fair town.

 Really, does anyone seriously think the people around here are a threat to the tourists? Considering the gun culture south of us, some of the visitors are more apt to be a threat to us than we are to them if they fail to check their firearms before departing.  We just want to see the boat.

And we also just want to know when someone comes to an airport with a pipe bomb he isn’t allowed on the plane.

Common sense – as others have said – really isn’t that common. And we all pay the price for what looks like terminal stupidity.

 

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