The mindless futility of bureaucracy as well as the fact that political correctness actually endangers lives, were brought home to me forcefully as I transited through Heathrow today. A few places ahead of me in the security queue was a cultural enricher in full burka rigout. All you could see was two beady eyes glaring through the slit.
I watched with keen interest as she approached the, Lol 'security' checkpoint. By the way, was it a she? Anything could fit under that tent and s/he was about six feet tall. And remember one of the London bombing terrorists escaped to Italy by wearing a burka. God, how he must have laughed at our stupidity.
Anyway, ahead of her was this vision – beautiful tall blonde girl. She had to remove her jacked, boots and belt before going through the machine. Burka-man removed nothing. Now that contrasting approach to security in itself indicates lunacy. But it gets better.
Burka-man, unsurprisingly, set off the alarm. She was stopped to be manually searched (by a woman of course). I was at the other line so couldn’t quite hear what was going on, but s/he and her ‘husband’ objected strenuously. The shemozzle went on for a while, holding all the others up.
I stood around to watch. After a while a compromise was reached. S/he was subjected to a perfunctory ‘search’ – really no more than a gentle wave in the vicinity of the burka. That was it.
But it gets better still. We then went to passport control. Up goes burka-man, enclosed in a tent, beady eyes the only visible sign of what lay beneath. The woman takes the passport… and waves burka-man through.
Would you not think, seeing as a terrorist had escaped the country after placing the July bombs in London, that this nonsense would have ceased? Not in this PC-crazed, dhimmi Western excuse for a society.
But, as I mentioned at the beginning, it also underlined the sheer futility of bureaucracy and the mindset of its practitioners. Consider that a fashionably-dressed white girl, self-evidently no security risk whatsoever, was forced to undergo the full panoply of checks, yet a poster child for terrorism was allowed to float through virtually unchecked. But the bureaucrats did what bureaucrats do.
Truly, the lunatics run the asylum.
In any event, as I posted here, this whole airport security industry is a complete and total waste of time and money.
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