Regarding the word 'Bomb'
A CASUAL mention of the word "bomb", and apparent over-zealousness of the part of airport security officers, grounded a family of four's holiday plans earlier this month.
On March 9, after checking in their luggage at about 7.15pm, Mdm Tan and her daughter proceeded to the security gantry to have their hand luggage and bodies scanned.
Then her 13-year-old daughter asked casually: "Mummy, why do you have to remove your shoes?"
Mdm Tan, 33, told her it was because the officers were "afraid that we might keep bombs in our shoes".
Overhearing this, a male security officer asked Mdm Tan to repeat what she had said, which she did. According to Mdm Tan, he then told her that she would be reported as she had said the word "bomb" twice.
A lot of people are slamming the security officer for following the rules without thinking. But have you ever wonder, what is wrong with saying the word 'Bomb' twice in the airport? Would a terrorist say the word bomb twice before bombing a place? In fact, if I'm a terrorist, the last word I would want to say is the word 'bomb'. So who is the smart alex who came up with the rule that anyone who said the word 'bomb' will be arrested? Was there any studies that shows that bomber would say the word 'bomb' before bombing a place?
Are we barking at the wrong tree?
The same goes for police and army carrying rifles and patroling installation like airport, jurong island and orchard road. What are they expecting? Terrorist using AK47 and ambush them? Fighting In Built-Up Area (FIBUA)? Wake up lah. There will not be any face to face confrontation. You all carry rifle also no use.
Sometimes you wonder what do the scholar at national security department eat.