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How to avoid airport security: Wear a burka.

I wasn’t going to bring this one up again as I’d posted the issue yesterday.
However, Littlejohn writing in the Daily Mail, has addressed it well and really shows the absurdity of the officious trolls who along with the terrorist scum, make the travelling public dread the thought of airports and waits and searches. I think his column today is well worth reading, as it is almost all of the time.


How to avoid airport security: Wear a burka

By RICHARD LITTLEJOHN

White airline passengers are routinely stopped and searched unnecessarily at Britain’s airports just so staff can prove they’re not ‘racist’.

Even when customs officials have been tipped off about a black drugs mule arriving on a plane from the Caribbean, they deliberately intercept a number of innocent white passengers so they can’t be accused of discrimination.

John Vine, chief inspector of the UK Border Agency, says staff try to ensure the right racial ‘mix’ even though they have no legal right to detain people on such grounds.  This is because they are petrified about being hammered with allegations of racism every time they stop and search someone from an ethnic minority background.

Tell us something we don’t know. Airport security operates on the same senseless basis.

We’ve all watched elderly white passengers being put through the third degree, while young Asian men wearing backpacks waft past unchallenged.
I’ve seen distressed grey-haired pensioners being patted down intimately and forced to empty all their belongings out of their hand luggage.
Meanwhile, women in full burkas are waved through with a cheery: ‘Have a nice flight.’

Like it or not, though, the fact is that potential suicide bombers do tend to come from that particular demographic. And Al Qaeda suspects have been known to shield their identities behind a burka.  Humiliating every Howard and Hilda heading off on a package holiday, just to meet some artificial racial quota, doesn’t serve to make air travel any safer. It is witless, inconvenient and inefficient.

The authorities know that it causes widespread resentment, which is why airports are plastered with notices giving dire warnings that anyone abusing staff will be arrested immediately and prosecuted.  There’s something horribly wrong with any organisation which has to threaten its customers with arrest before they get to the counter.  I have to bite my lip every time I travel by air to stop myself railing against the insanity of it all, otherwise I’d be in handcuffs before I got anywhere near the departure gate.
Don’t do it, Rich, it’s not worth it.

Passing through Britain’s airports is already an ordeal. And now that the CIA claims to have discovered a new Al Qaeda metal-free explosive device aimed at bringing down aircraft, it’s about to get a whole lot worse. Expect even more stringent security, especially on transatlantic flights.

As someone who travels to the U.S. fairly regularly, I’m acutely aware of the threat posed by terrorists. I was on a North West flight into Detroit just two weeks before the so-called underpants bomber tried to bring down another North West plane above the same airport in 2009. So I’m glad that the authorities are doing everything possible to prevent more aircraft being blown up or flown into skyscrapers.
I just wish a little more intelligence was applied to the process.
When was the last time any plane was hijacked by a 78-year-old granny from Leamington Spa? Precisely.

The nature of the threat makes the case for racial profiling at airports compelling. The security services already do it covertly. Stopping and searching those who plainly pose no danger, simply for the sake of keeping up appearances, is obtuse.
Yet when Jeremy Clarkson suggested recently that a little light profiling of air passengers might not be a bad thing, the twittering lynch mob went knee-jerk berserk and there were bovine calls for him to be sacked from the BBC.

While we are all being urged to ‘celebrate diversity’, we shouldn’t try to kid ourselves that multiculturalism hasn’t brought with it some serious downsides — such as home-grown Islamist terrorists and gangs of Pakistani child rapists.

We’ve all got to rub along in this modern-day melting pot. And that noble ambition isn’t served by ignoring genuine prejudice where it exists, from whichever inconvenient quarter, and gormlessly screeching ‘racism’ where it doesn’t.

Disingenuously insisting that Pakistani child rapists aren’t motivated at least in part by their own wicked brand of racial and cultural bigotry doesn’t do anyone any favours.

And neither does stopping and searching blameless white passengers at Britain’s airports, when you are hoping to catch a black drugs mule.

That’s not a bold demonstration of anti-racism. It’s just plain stupid.

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