posted on Oct, 13 2018 @ 04:56 AM
a reply to: ThePeaceMaker
"flagged down by customs for whatever reason", you said.
And there's the core of the whole issue. They do not need to give
any reason: virtually anywhere in the world, immig. and customs officials are
empowered to detain and search anyone they choose. They can make it completely random if they wish -- which of course make the whole "anti-terrorism"
argument an utter farce.
The last time I went through Dubai (back in March) I saw an elderly, disabled woman forced to go through a full-body scan and because she had trouble
standing still, she was taken away for a physical search, in spite of protests from her male partner (or carer, not sure which).
Heck, my own wife (who has Alzheimer's) had to go through the scanner and got patted down as well. I got the same treatment and then was subjected to
a "wipe down", where they checked my clothes with some very special wipes that can detect even tiny traces on (in Dubai) illegal drugs.
I only saw one other person get the wipe-down treatment. A young guy in his 20s or so. (I'm over 60, with a white beard.) I guess they found something
from their wipe-down with him because some extra guys in uniforms came over and led him away.
The point is, any terrorists who want to go by plane these days are going to know about all of this and will be very careful in planning their trip.
And in any case, when was the last time we had a genuine terrorist attack or attempt on a commercial passenger aircraft?
All these "security" measures are just disgusting and I expect they do nothing but make the would-be terrorists far more devious and creative in
planning or executing any attacks.
edit on 13/10/18 by JustMike because: paragraphing