Quivering at inflight security

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Martin Moodie
Martin Moodie is the Founder & Chairman of The Moodie Report.


It’s little wonder that we have an aviation security crisis when you see what some passengers try to take onboard.

The transparent disposal bins at many airport security points always make fascinating viewing and it’s amazing how many passengers still seem to think it’s fine to take scissors and pocket knifes onboard, let alone the odd litre of (landside to airside) single malt whisky.

But we’ve never seen anything quite like the items seized at Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, Peru. Among all the knives, liquids, gels and lighters, there was a rolling pin (XXL size) that looked as though it was used to make pastry for the Peruvian army, a set of handcuffs and, wait for it… a bow and arrow.

It would be intriguing to know the profile (and the mind-set) of the passengers concerned. Was one a would-be terrorist granny, intent on using her rolling pin as a weapon of mass destruction. What were those handcuffs really intended for onboard (polite answers only please)? And the bow and arrow – with just one arrow? It’s enough to make you quiver.

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