I noticed at the airport recently that two bicycle-mounted Australian Federal Police officers are stationed for long periods of time on the footpath, some distance along from the arrivals exit. They appear to be occupied in preventing cars from pulling in to pick up arriving passengers.
My question is whether it is appropriate for taxpayer-funded police officers (any estimates of the per diem cost of this dubious public service, including on-costs?) to be deployed in this fashion, forcing people to pay to park?
It seems like overkill, and a function that, insofar as it is necessary*, should be paid for by the airport owners, who collect the resulting carpark revenue. Surely a pair of private security guards would be sufficient to keep the traffic moving?
* a friend recounted that he drove to the footpath to collect his partner, who was dying of cancer and hardly able to breathe standing up. Despite my friend explaining his partner’s condition, the officer on duty moved him on with the threat of a fine.