An article in the Spectator that had me laughing my arse off this morning, the first part of it anyway about airport security. So true. So well put. I had missed this whole Abdullah al-Asiri story until I read this. Hilarious.
Al-Asiri was the al-Qa’eda operative who — following a sojourn in the bogey-country de jour of Yemen — had defected back to Saudi Arabia, on the condition that he be debriefed personally by the Saudi anti-terrorism chief Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef. Thereafter he was frisked, passed through two rounds of airport-style security, and sat down, presumably quite gingerly, with the Prince himself. Then, after some small talk, he detonated a pound of explosives that he had hidden in his bottom.
The article is a few weeks old by the way but I’m still catching up from about November!
I’ve been wondering for a while now about the whole airport security charade. How about a 20east poll?
- Are the chances of you being a victim of terrorist action on a plane significantly reduced by airport security measures?
- If you were given a choice, would you remove <all, some, none> of the security and take your chances?