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The recent news with
suspect toner cartridges has meant that airport security has been
stepped up and perhaps I should have taken this into consideration
during my trip back from Germany.
All was well going
out and the usual security check of taking off shoes, jacket.
etc passed off without incident.
The return journey
couldn’t have been more different. The job had been tiring
and I had a couple of late nights as well, so I was probably not as
alert as I could have been. I wear a suit and carry a laptop;
my grey hair shows that I am a mature man, probably not the profile of
your usual suspects.
I approached the
security point at the German airport; I had removed my jacket, taken my
loose change out of my pockets, put my mobile phone and laptop into the
tray, taken off my watch as it has a metal strap and looked at the
female security operator as she asked me if I had anything metal on me
before I went through the detector arch, I mentioned that the
only metal I had were my braces, but if I removed them my trousers
would fall down. It was supposed to be humorous, but her
blank face showed that she was not amused.
As I walked through
the arch she pointed to me and gestured to a colleague. I was
whisked into a small room where I had to take off my shoes, empty all
my pockets, open my shirt, switch on my laptop and was subjected to a
full scan with that wand thing. Fortunately the rubber glove was not
required. All was in order and I was allowed to go.
As I walked out of
the room the same woman security guard walked over to me and said
"Ah I see your
trousers have stayed up" and
learned. Stupid comments at security are not a good idea.
About the Author
Chris Eden FIBC, MISSA, ACQI is a director of Quality Matters
Limited an established independent management consultancy based in
Essex, UK which specialises in ISO27001 Information Security
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2010-12-07 16:21:30 in Business Articles