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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 9:47am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Actually, I'd argue that after 9/11, those in power were able to use terrorism as an excuse to push for laws that they'd wanted for a long time, and most people couldn't really be bothered one war or the other, as long as those in power were actively trying to keep things from bothering people in general.

    Nothing to do with being scared for the most part; more to do with power-grabbing and apathy.

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