The head of British Airways finally said something about airport security that is a long time demanded, he struck back at American demands that the world adhere to its policies regarding footwear. Going through a US airport requires one and all to remove shoes. OK, a few years ago a man tried to smuggle explosives in his shoes and therefore for ever after all shoes must be inspected. My concern is why do we just halt at shoes? I have never seen women compelled to check their bras. After all, one could really hide something in the bra of a big busted female. I am also concerned about underwear which can be used in many ways to disturb life on planes. A man who did a lot of farts into his underwear could create a smell alert on the plane. Why not have all underwear removed and placed in a safe place on the plane. You could get back the underwear when reaching your destination. As Mr. Broughton argues, there is no need to “kowtow to the Americans every time they create something.”
Oh, and how come they never profile people in wheelchairs and how come they rarely profile we older folk? At age 80, I am just as capable of blowing things up as any 20 year old. Make all old farts go through the intensive body search!
During the past eighty years, Turkey has worked hard to establish the principles of a secular state even though the vast majority of people are devout Muslims. The Constitution pushed by Ataturk made clear there would be no religious symbols in Turkish schools such as women wearing headscarves. The Justice and Development Party (AKP) which currently controls the government is pushing for relaxation of the ban on university females and wants them to have the right to attend class wearing a headscarf. This issue is now rippling into elementary and secondary schools which even the AKP agrees should not allow any religious symbol in classes. Zubeydc Kilc of the Education Personnel Union, argues: “Attending class with a headscarf may effect children negatively as they will be in an environment in which the majority doesn’t wear the headscarf. They may face exclusion and questioning by peers.”
Mr. Kilc raises an important issue, but children daily encounter issues in which peers have clothes or other items they lack. I attended a public school in a Jewish neighborhood in New York City in which a few boys wore the yarmulke. If they were a good athlete, none faced any problem since athletic ability was prized. A bright child can encounter problems, a tall child can, such is life. Relax and let children be children instead of seeking to protect them from life.