Thursday, August 17, 2006

Miss, please remove your underwear and step through the scanner

I spotted this story on Boing Boing this morning and at first I didn't believe it, but a quick google search returned me and official statement from Birmingham Airport.

As part of the international crack down on liquid explosives on airplanes the authorities have banned all liquids and liquid type substances. Included on the list from Birmingham Airport are
NOTE: The definition of liquids includes gels, pastes, lotions, liquid/solid mixtures (excluding lipstick) and the contents of pressurised containers, e.g. toothpaste, hair gel, drinks, soups, syrups, perfume, deodorant, shaving foam, aerosols, gel pens, gel bras (my emphasis) etc.

Gel Bras? How are they going to search passengers for gel bras, apart from the obvious Benny Hill technique? "Miss please step over here so I can inspect your breasts for explosives". Actually there's a point, what about breast implants? Will women with breast implants have to provide a doctors certificate? Crazy.

[via Boing Boing]

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