Ok, flame proof gear on but i am asking in innocence.
This morning I picked up a group of 30 Poms off of NZ1 LHR-LAX-AKL, the group is 4 adults and 26x16-18 yr old kids.
As they checked in at LHR one of the kids turns out to have the same name as someone on the USA "Terrorist List", he is 16 but they searched his bags anyway, in his bag he had a gas cooker, the lightweight sort that you use whilst camping, it has been used a fair bit but they took it off him and then searched his mate's bags saying that used gas cookers were not permitted in the USA, the kids countered by explaining that it isn't illegal in NZ and will be in a plastic box, in a suitcase, in a 744 cargo hold but no, the security dudes took as many away as they could find, saying that the combustion residue (Soot) was a banned substance in the US.
If you can carbon wash a jet engine in the USA and as we know a jet engine is fairly similar (don't get technical on me people, I have been up since 4 am) to a huge gas or other camping cooker and must produce similar (probably nastier) residues, why can't you transport a gas cooker through in a jumbo, also what do Americans do, buy a new cooker each time????????????
Then, apparently the deal in LAX transit is that you have to be photographed and fingerprinted even if you are in transit and surely not technically through immigration (you sign a waiver)
Does US law, or the law of any country in which a transit lounge is situated, prevail?
Would an American citizen in transit in the UK expect the protection of American law?
Not trying to bash the yanks, I would have asked the same questions if this had happened in Johannesburg or Maastricht or anywhere.
Just seems daft to me and i was under the impression that either Pommie or Kiwi requirements applied to the contents of the cargo hold if the pax are in transit.