I'm very sorry if I have offended or insulted anyone here, and I know I really shouldn't have said that. (hanging head in great shame.) But remember, everyone's welcome to express whatever they want as long as it's on topic and not too hostile with foul and insulting language. While I do tend to say things without thinking first, I am in no way biased against people in developing nations or their ways! And don't even think that I'm some ignorant wanking jackass who doesn't know anything, either! (eyes flashing in anger)
As a matter of fact, it is true that there are quite a few developing nations do have respectable and even very high quality education systems compared to the richer nations. (Relaxing now) And with much lower taxes and more liberal free enterprises, you should see how much faster some of their economies have been growing. Yes, many airports there actually do have good or excellent security. Especially in Southeast and East Asia. But I have had a least a couple of friends who damned well near got detained or stranded, unless they bribed someone! And they didn't do anything criminal! (Once again, eyes growing angry and darkness overcoming my face)
What happens is there are many airports in Third World nations often lack the resources to improve the security checks. And also, there are government which lack the resources to police their countries effectively without having to resort to a large military presence in civilian areas (I'm told this is common in West Africa) even when there's no war, or having to resort to extreme penalties for crimes. The Middle East(not all of it though) is a good example, but that's due to their following the Shari'a, or Islamic law, if I remember correctly. A better example is Malaysia and Thailand, which have a death penalty for drug trafficking, but that is also a whole other story. (no expression here)
I'm not blind to the risks of terrorism or hijacking in the US or Europe, either, thank you. I've heard of quite a few stories about baggage handlers sticking drugs or other illegal stuff in other people's baggage, so that the owner's to blame when the security dogs come a-sniffing. And once, a plan by terrists to blow up as many as 10-12 airliners going in and out of the US was uncovered by the feds and Interpol before these guy got very far. Ever heard of the apalling practice of covering up shoddy security tactics at various US airports? Even after the Pan Am crash at Lockerbie, a good number of US airports still hadn't done much to improve security, even at JFK or ATL, a year later or so.
Many of my friends and relatives have travelled to places like Thailand, Korea and South Africa, and even Nigeria and they have experienced little or no problems at all in travelling there. (Grin)
Hope you accept my sincere apologies, but beware - if this or that "rhetoric" sparks a nasty war or worse, I will ask the administrator to remove the entire posting, topic and all! I am not here to cause trouble or offend others in this forum! (Relaxed stance, eyebrows raised)