As some people said earlier, we don't know exactly what was said.
BBC reports misinterpreted words.
English is not the native language of French people (and I hope this will never happen)
As a result, maybe his reply to the security agent has been misunderstood.
Security can be so strange, sometimes... (last year, I had to open and start my laptop at MEM
... But it was not before departure...It was at the arrival,after the customs check, when you just want to take a taxi to your hotel and sleep after a 15 hours trip)
Maybe he just tried to tell security that, as a pilot, he doesn't need a bomb in the shoes .
Lt-AWACS, I am a frequent traveler. Not only in Europe, but India, DXB
, Russia, South America. And I have never seen the signs you mention.
Security is one thing. Cinema (as I call security in some airports) is not security.I can tell you that if one day I am asked to remove my belt, then the pants will follow.