It’s been 6 years since 9/11 and judging by the delays at airport sscurity caused by those whose carry-on luggage is stuffed full of unacceptable items; one could come to the conclusion that most travelers have either forgotten the event or just don’t pay attention to either the news or the signs directly in front them.
I’m inclined to believe the latter.
At our local – very small – airport, there are no less than 6 warning signs about the restrictions on liquids and gels. There is a huge sign at the entrance to the screening area warning about restrictions on firearms and explosives, knives and other sharp objects.
Yet, what of all things did I see a man removing from his carry-on this morning?
A large putty knife!
That was only ONE of dozens of infractions that slowed the security line down. By result, it took us half an hour to get through security.
That might not seem like a long time to those who travel from large city airports.
However, what you should know is that airport security was screening passengers for only ONE flight at that time on a Dash-8 300 — which carries only 50 people!
Moreover, passengers started lining up for security more than an hour before the flight was to leave the gate, yet there were STILL passengers being processed at 9:30, 15 minutes after the scheduled departure time.
Quite frankly, I’m sick and tired of being delayed by passengers who just don’t bother to inform themselves of the rules and restrictions… so here are some suggestions for the powers that be.
Have contraband in your carry-on? Go to the back of the line… the VERY back of the line and stay there until everyone else has been screened.
If you miss your flight… too bad, so sad.
Once the authorites start getting tough with those who keep the rest of us waiting, maybe the uninformed will start paying attention.
For information about what is and what is not allowed in your carry-on luggage and how some permissable items must be packaged for transport, please see “Permitted and Non-Permitted Items” on the Canadian Air Transport Security website. If you are travelling from the U.S., visit “TSA: Permitted and Prohibited Items” on the TSA website. If you are travelling from a location outside Canada or the U.S., do a search on Google for ‘restricted items carry-on luggage’ and search the results until you find the applicable country.