I find it curious that my earlier blog on the question of security profiling, i.e. my story of the detailed search of a very blonde mother and her equally blonde young children at Heathrow, last time I was there, attracted such rabid criticism elsewhere. Since then, it appears that the government, if only to get Heathrow back on its feet again, has concluded that a certain amount of profiling is both pragmatic and inevitable, with all the civil liberties and minorities problems that go with it.
One thing though, you might like to read this story on whether the whole binary explosives plot was feasible in the first place or simply a figment of Hollywood and our Home Secretary's imagination. You judge.
I will say that the most sense I’ve heard in the last week has come from the very direct CEO of Ryan Air, Michael O’Leary, a man who doesn’t waste his words and doesn’t suffer fools gladly either. I wonder if Ryan Air ran trains, whether they would run on time?
Meanwhile you can see what happens when a pot of cold cream, a prohibited substance, is discovered in a passenger's hand luggage, forcing the aircraft to return and make an emergency landing at Stansted.