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Airport fascists collar three jokers in just a week.

By johnboy 25 April 2005 28

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?

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.

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vg 12:30 am 29 Apr 05

They don’t ask if you have a bomb. They ask if you have any dangerous goods with you. The tools take it that bit further

Geoffco 11:26 pm 28 Apr 05

Virgin Blue have signs on all the checkin desks at every airport I’ve been to recently (Canberra, Sydney, Coffs Harbour, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne & Adelaide). They say something along the lines of: “We take jokes about security very seriously. Heavy fines apply”.

The only time I’ve had the vacuum cleaner type explosives test done, I was handed an A4 sheet of paper explaining what was going to happen, why and what would happen if I refused.

It’s dumb that they ask, and it’s dumb when people are smart about it.

ans 7:47 pm 28 Apr 05

But why do they ask if you have a bomb anyway? Because anyone, ever, who has one has said yes? Surely saying yes is equivalent to saying “so I’m a bit of a tool, but obviously I don’t have a bomb”, whereas you say no and leave yourself wide open… although I think I’m using some of the legal argument from the Corby prosecution here…

LurkerGal 12:30 pm 28 Apr 05

I would! But then I’m like that…… Besides, if they are that stupid, it’s really doing the world a favour…..

johnboy 7:21 pm 27 Apr 05

VG and LG: will you make sure we get pictures of your S&M extravaganza?

SpecialG: If you saw a person about to put a spinning drill up their nose would you just sit back and watch?

I don’t think you would.

vg 6:08 pm 27 Apr 05

Its a deal

LurkerGal 3:41 pm 27 Apr 05

Hey VG, who would have thought we’d have a future together? I’d do that job with you quite happily.

vg 3:38 pm 27 Apr 05

I volunteer for the postion of public thrasher. can i wear a black hood and jodhpurs?

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