LETTER TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR
Assume the position, Sir
Sir: Charles Moore reported (Notes 9 January 2010) that a 94 year old man who set off a metal detector at a US airport due to a metal pin in his leg was forced to undergo an anal examination.
For safety reasons we may all need to steel ourselves for this sort of enquiry although it may be resisted by “No Frills” airlines.
As for finding anal inspectors, I am sure that there would be no lack of volunteers in the sniffer dog community. Alternatively, they could use bomb disposal machines while inspectors and other passengers stood behind reinforced screens.
Clamours from Human Rights lawyers should be blocked. In security matters, there can be no exceptions for gender, age, size or continence. Although, tea and biscuits after the event, for anyone over 60 years of age, would be a nice gesture.
If US airport security are prepared to go in and do the dirty jobs to show terrorists that there is no hiding place. Who are we to turn our backs, whatever our age?
(c) Paul Brennan 2010
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