Thursday, August 24, 2006

Airport Security: Wow!

My sister just phoned. Her boyfriend treeated her to a surprise holiday to Dublin, Ireland for her birthday.

I was surprised to hear that she and other passengers were required to remove their shoes when going through passport control. I thought this measure was only operative on flights to America. I would not have expected this for a flight to Dublin. But then I suppose they have all the passengers going throught the same passport control place.


Redeemed said...

lovely, what a paranoiac world we've come to.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I would not say it is paranoia. After all a guy did try to blow up a plane with explosives hidden in his shoes.

Removing one's shoes at an airport seems a small price to pay for safe air travel.

Every Blessing in Christ


Redeemed said...

I remember that story. It was just a few months after 9/11, around Christmas time. I remember because I was in NYC at the time to spend the "holidays" with my aunt.

That was very scary, especially that it was so soon after 9/11.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Praise God that he failed!

The IBEX Scribe said...

All airport security here requires shoe removal for any shoes containing metal in them since they will set off the metal detectors. Technically it is optional to do it, but if you don't want to waste time with the extra attention those who set off the metal detector get, it is advisable to remove them. I have had to remove mine at the gate as part of their random screening, too. It's just part of travel these days!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Do they never require you to put your shoes through the X-ray? That happened to my sister at the airport.

Do you think it is going too far?

The IBEX Scribe said...

If you remove your shoes they must go through the X-ray machine with everything else you bring with you. I don't think it is too much, personally, likely due to my travel in the Middle East where metal detectors are many and security is always hightenend.