ABC Online has an interesting story on the numbers of people being charged for making jokes at the airport.
the Queenslander became the third person in a week facing court on a charge that could attract a fine of up to $5,000.
While joking around with security types isn’t the smartest move in the world, I do wonder what benefit we’re getting as a society for charging these people who are doing no harm?
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A few weeks ago travelling to Sydney on business (so I was wearing a suit) I got pulled aside for residue scanning. The guard was being reasonably pleasant and then as he scanned my lapels he semi-joked “this is just looking for any residues if you were making bombs”
I started to semi joke back “Assuming of course I was making bombs in my suit”
I got as far as “making” when I realised from his body language I was about to get in a world of trouble.
It seems to me that it’s pretty easy to get in trouble under this regime.