Like the rest of the world, I was left with horrifying "what ifs" in my head after the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day, and was very relieved that it ended the way it did. Since then, the intense knee jerk reaction to the event by politicians and the media has been very bizarre indeed. Baffling too. I'm just glad I'm not travelling these days to the United States. It's not worth the hassle nor the anxiety.
We've seen the stories of the long line ups at the airports. New carry on bans have kicked in, leaving everyone completely confused as to what you can or cannot take on board. My heart goes out to the frequent flyers whose successful work weeks are dependent on the swift arrival, departure and connections process.... God help them!
Pat downs and frisking is the order of the day. Hysteria has permeated the planet. One guy on a suicide mission has altered travel as we knew it. One guy, whose Islamic terrorist ambitions were documented prior to the incident has rattled the nerves of the world! We're now about to be invaded by body scanners. Canada just announced the purchase of 44 new scanners to be used in the 8 biggest airports in the country. Does anyone else see this new approach to combating Islamic terrorism as absurd? It's ABSURD!
Have we not just added yet another layer of security on top of a security system that needs to be fixed? If the communication of information had been working properly, wouldn't we have picked up on this guy and not let him on a plane? I mean, his own father called the authorities to let them know his son was on a mission to kill. Shouldn't we be FIXING that problem rather than adding more to it? We have the technology to ensure the authorities have the information. I completely agree with identifying certain countries as high risk. Profiling already happens informally. Why not formalize it? Why should EVERYONE be put through the same intense scrutiny?
I can't help but think Bin Laden and his buddies are in some cave giggling their faces off. Chaos and fear was triggered in our collective emotional sensitivities and we've reacted by playing right into their hands. We are now being invaded by the body scanners. Is this the equivalent of street proofing? Both provide a false sense of security. There is no guarantee that x-raying every single traveller will stop all other terrorist attempts. What happens when THIS fails? Do we strip down to our unbuffed buffs? Nude flying? Starkers Airlines?
Hey, maybe thats what we should do. Maybe its time to embrace our lovely wrinkly banged up bodies by stripping down and flying in the buff. Pack away your clothes and accessories. Put away your self conscious worries. No need to spend all that money on body scanners. Flaunt your flesh!
Crazy! This world has gone absolutely bonkers. Where does the insanity stop? How DO WE stop it?