When airport security is part of the problem

A bizarre story from Dublin.  Short version: A Slovak agency was running a covert security check at an airport, which is presumably Bratislava.  The test involves planting explosive materials in the bags of unsuspecting passengers.  8 packages in total.  7 found.  One made it on to a plane to Dublin, and was brought home by the Slovak migrant who now lives there.  Apparently this was 3 days ago.  It’s not clear whether embarassment or delay in figuring out what had happened got us to today, when Irish police located the explosives and presumably various diplomatic notes are now being exchanged.  The timing suggests that the test was run into response to the Detroit bomb.  One wonders how much of this stuff goes on — perhaps the “someone must have put it there” excuse needs more credibility.

UPDATE: Initial word was sent by telex to the baggage handlers and not the Dublin airport authority.  Who uses telex anymore?

3 thoughts on “When airport security is part of the problem

  1. I am surprised the person in question didn’t hand it in to Dublin police when he opened his luggage on arrival at his home.

  2. Frankly, given the state of the police these days, I would avoid them *if at all possible in any way*, including not handing in evidence.

    You can now be arrested *for any reason*. In the past, only certain offenses permitted arrest.

    Once you are arrested, the police have carte blanche to turn your flat over, confiscate your PC, scan it for whatever they want; they will take your DNA and scan the unsolved crimes list to see if you are guilty of anything else.

    Put it this way; imagine, for no reason, the police came into your home, turned it upside down and took your DNA to see if you were guilty of any unsolved crimes, and kept you in jail for 28 days without charges.

    Major violation of individual liberty.

    But now you can be arrested *at will*, and once you are, that major violation of your liberty *automatically happens*. For sure, in most cases, your home will not be turned over; because there just isn’t the manpower for this. But your PC *is* likely to be confiscated or at least scanned – and the police are known to make full copies of what they find and simply keep those copies.

    Your DNA of course always remains in the database.

    So you turn in the explosives to the police. Do you completely trust them to be totally rational with such a delicate matter? when the consequences of them not being totally rational are so severe?

    The police these days are just another problem which you have to deal with in life.

  3. Fair point, I am too honest for my own good.

    The Irish police are better than most though, most don’t even have guns.

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