Ciro
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2 Security Breaches In 2 Days

Sat Aug 14, 2004 3:32 am

They are the second and third time that happens to me this year. The first one, which was related already, was the accidental smuggle of razor blades through my hand-bag in Derby, UK last April.

The latest ones were even worse, though.

I was off to Luxembourg and Brussels to visit 2 clients. While arriving at the hangar of Luxair, I simply rang the bell and they let me in without scorts... I walked for about 70m in the tarmac.

Yesterday, the day after, I arrived at Sabena Technics in Brussels, EU's CAPITAL CITY, for a similar commercial visit. There are 2 entrances, one for employees and another one for visitors at the facilities by General Aviation. Again, I simply rang the bell and said: "That's me and I came to see Mr. XYZ". The gates were opened and I actually entered with a rented car at this time... I could simply have driven anywhere I wished. For those who know the place, the hangar specially designed for the A-300 maintenance was totally opened and there was NOTHING or NO ONE that could have blocked me to drive into the tarmac and the runway.

All this terror phobia is causing security processes to get lost in imaginative deviations such as "how to manage potential terrorist cats to not run into the cockpit" and forgetting the more basic stuff.

I leave the comments for you.





[Edited 2004-08-13 20:38:01]
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SafetyDude
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RE: 2 Security Breaches In 2 Days

Sat Aug 14, 2004 3:38 am

The first one, which was related already, was the accidental smuggle of razor blades through my hand-bag in Derby, UK last April.
If they were safety razors, they are perfectly fine.

Security breeches are a problem, but reporting them gets old and boring.

Chances are that they would know if you were a terrorist.  Big grin

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RE: 2 Security Breaches In 2 Days

Sat Aug 14, 2004 3:43 am

Disturbing. Seems as though there is an emphasis on passengers and luggage (that's OK), while some of the big picture items are getting overlooked (that's not). Perhaps it is believed that the real concern is activities that take place on an aircraft in flight (since 9/11 will stay etched in so many minds, probably for as long as they live) rather than on possible security breaches or terrorist activities on the ground prior to a flight. You would think that there are typically many people around an aircraft preparing for a flight, so the thought may be that any illicit acts would be easily observed/prevented. Ciro, your account would suggest that often there is no one around to stop these sorts of things.

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Ciro
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RE: 2 Security Breaches In 2 Days

Sat Aug 14, 2004 3:47 am

SafetyDude,

unfortunately, they were not safety razors. It was the real stuff.

I've the prefect terrorist-looking profile - Dark skinned, black hair, quite ugly, tall and discretely dressed as so. In fact, I am the best target for any security guard who wants to perform more detailed checks.

But, that never happened and this is not something to be proud of.
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