Oblivious Man Staring At iPad Causes Security Meltdown Conga Line

from the iTerrorist dept

We've often discussed the complete farce that airport security has become since 9/11. Security theater that appears to be a performance art piece on how dumb government can get isn't something we should be looking to export, but it seems like many countries throughout the planet have incorporated many of the reactionary tactics you can find in the States.

Take, for instance, the story about how a guy in Australia who accidentally walked in the wrong direction while paying too much attention to his iPad shut down a terminal and delayed flights for an hour.

On Saturday morning, a man got off a plane at Sydney Airport in Australia and was so enchanted by the fascinating content on his iPad that he walked into a domestic terminal without bothering to go through security. This event was captured on CCTV and unnerved officials so much that they evacuated passengers.

Flights were delayed for around an hour. One also wonders about security at Sydney Airport. Australia is currently under high alert after its prime minister, Tony Abbott, declared that a terrorist attack on his country was "likely," even though his security services hadn't discovered any "particular plots."
Terrorism is an issue that should be taken seriously, but if the civilized world is going to simply give up so much sense as to let a guy accidentally walking the wrong direction to essentially shut down an airport for an hour, then we might as well just admit defeat in our own minds. I see people pulling this oblivious move on my city's streets every damn day. It's annoying, sure, but it's fairly easy to determine that these people aren't going to be blowing up any buildings any time soon.

Well, maybe after they beat that Candy Crush level, but certainly not before. In the meantime, it's been over a decade, so we can all just calm down a bit when it comes to pretending to do airport security?

Filed Under: airport security, australia, ipad, security, walking

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    Vincent Clement (profile), 1 Oct 2014 @ 6:18am


    Think about the 9/11 terrorists. They didn't evade security or customs. They went right through it. Multiple times. They thought it was easier to go through security rather than skirt it. That's how effective security was and continues to be.

    Every time I travel to the US, I have to laugh at the effort the US puts into securing the border by swiping my passport, asking me silly questions and doing a cursory check of my trunk, when there are so many gaps in that US-Canada border. All but one kilometer of the Ontario-US border is water.

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