The women have brought forward their “uncomfortable” airport security stories after Lisa Wilkinson shared her own, but they don’t seem to realize there’s a bigger problem at play.
One of the most embarrassing public moments I’ve had was when I turned on the airport siren with my bra choice.
When I walked through a metal detector at Sydney Airport a few years ago, the machine didn’t seem to match my underwear, which had some kind of chain on it.
I had to take off my jacket, which was only a T-shirt, and the security man patted my chest to make sure nothing was happening.
As it turns out, Australian television veteran Lisa Wilkinson also succumbed to such measures, and today she hit the headlines by describing several “uncomfortable” encounters with airport security.
Sunday project co-host replied to a tweet from four corners journalist Louise Milligan, who detailed her “creepy” experience when she was forced to take off her “fitted business jacket” with only a small blouse underneath.
Wilkinson then went into detail about her own experiences at Brisbane and Adelaide airports, where she was “thoroughly examined” in her bra area and “zip” on her jeans.
She added that full body scanning machines are a “real problem” and “should be eliminated.”
Countless women responded to the Twitter thread stating that they often felt abused by security personnel and that common sense risk assessment was not taken into account in such measures.
While I agree that searches can be awkward, the veiled twisted suggestion being thrown around seems a bit odd when there are potentially fatal risks in play if the job isn’t done properly.
I was once on a plane with a man who was obviously drunk, and although he did not harm anyone, his cocky behavior towards the airline staff and passengers was enough to understand how terrible it would be if something unseemly happened on board the flight. .
On the other hand, just five years ago in Australia, a terror plan was thwarted at the last minute when five men tried to smuggle a bomb hidden inside a Barbie doll and a meat grinder on a plane from Sydney to Abu Dhabi.
The plan was allegedly thwarted only after the luggage containing the devices was found to be redundant.
And dare I mention one of the most catastrophic aviation accidents in history?
Several al-Qaeda-linked terrorists who hijacked four commercial aircraft on September 11, 2001, took advantage of relaxed security measures and were able to sneak through security checkpoints with knives and utility knives, the very tools they used to drive these planes to the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people.
I wonder if the victims of this atrocity want such strict searches to be carried out on that fateful day?
Or do you think they’d be better off if the zippers on their jeans weren’t examined?
The very real threat of terrorism, not to mention the countless other potential crimes that can unfold on board, where hundreds of people are at risk, outweighs how “comfortable” one feels during a brief meeting with airport security.
I have no doubt that there are isolated cases where people take advantage of their position. It is fair to think that not everyone works as professionally as we would like to believe.
But if security were to suggest that each bra strap is just a bra strap, that would be careless and dangerous.
The next time you succumb to a dreaded airport search, perhaps try to keep in mind that most of the time it’s not about embarrassing you or violating your basic rights, but about keeping yourself and others safe from harm. .