I quite agree. I also find it rather naive of the Canadian carriers to assume that Ottawa will reduce or restructure these costs on their own, without the
combined intervention of AC, TS, SV, WJ, etc., together as a coalition, per se.
I for one am both heartedly angry and frustrated at what I see, or rather,
with what I do not see at Canadian airports re new security measures. On a recent AC flight to LHR, I was astounded (yet hardly surprised, yes, this is an oxymoron!) at the benign screening process at T1-Int'l departures. The CAD$7 - $8.00 per hour "security staff", and I use that term rather loosely, once again displayed their overall gross incompetence, as I noticed many bags going through scanners were not even being observed, including my own. I even had disposable razors in my carry-on (Naughty? Yes, it was, but I am growing rather weary of purchasing new razors at each destination, only to discard the many unused ones before my return trip home), which was not searched, nor was this image picked up by staff on x-ray. Indeed, the "x-ray" staff were too busy yawning and daydreaming. Nice, very nice.
Speaking of which, I often wonder that when I see my own carry-on bag contents on the x-ray screen, I myself cannot even begin to identify what is what, and it astounds me that these minumum wage "security" staff could
even begin to identify objects. It is apparent the training of these individuals is virtually non-existent. And there goes another CAD$24.00 out of my pocket for "new and improved Canadian airport security measures". What
a goddamned joke (and not even a remotely funny one at that).
I have seen this incompetence time and time again post Sept 11 at YYZ, YVR, YUL, and YYC. It is absolutely disgusting, and it leaves me experiencing a huge amount of apprehension, and anger directed at Ottawa, who had better damn well justify their CAD$24.00 security charge. It is appalling. I would not mind paying this fee IF I actually saw dramatic improvements and revisions to the current security procedures (if you wish to call them that),
but such is not the case, nor do I feel it will improve in the near or far future.
But, I'm sure Chretien is too busy playing golf in Florida to even ponder the fact of a worst-case scenario at a Canadian Airport. After all, this IS
Canada. "It couldn't happen here. Oh, no indeed".