Monday, August 30, 2010

Lax Airport Security Leads to a Bad Case of Indigestion

No bomb found tucked away in underpants this time, thank God, although one of the two chaps taken off a United flight from Chicago to Amsterdam and arrested for terrorism did make interesting use of a popular over-the-counter dyspepsia remedy. But the real story here once again--the gross inadequacies/deficiencies of American airport security.  From ABC News via The Corner:
The two were allowed to board the flight at O’Hare airport last night despite security concerns surrounding one of them, the officials said.
The men were identified as Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al Soofi, of Detroit, MI, and Hezem al Murisi, the officials said. A neighbor of al Soofi told ABC News he is from Yemen.

Airport security screeners in Birmingham, Alabama first stopped al Soofi and referred him to additional screening because of what officials said was his “bulky clothing.”

In addition, officials said, al Soofi was found to be carrying $7,000 in cash and a check of his luggage found a cell phone taped to a Pepto-Bismol bottle, three cell phones taped together, several watches taped together, a box cutter and three large knives. Officials said there was no indication of explosives and he and his luggage were cleared for the flight from Birmingham to Chicago O’Hare.
I guess they don't have those full body scanners that reveal every little nook and cranny up and running in Birmingham yet, eh? Understandable, perhaps, since it's not a major airport. Surely, though, the scanner are in use at O'Hare, one of the biggest and busiest airports in the world. Mind you, you don't need a scanner to tell you that "bulky clothing" in the heat of the summer should raise a red flag or two. All you need is some stones--the kind that would enable you to forget about political correctness and do you frikkin' job. Of course, in these fraught times, with a potential charge of "bigotry"'/"Islamophobia" e'er in the offing, it's often easier to wave everyone though, no questions asked.
I don't know about you, but after reading this report (including the news that Soofi the "bulky clothing" guy is from Yemen, current domicile of the American-Yemeni imam who inspired the Undies bomber and the Fort Hood shooter), I could use a few of his P-B tablets right about now. And maybe one of those airplane barf bags, too.

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