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]