I’m visiting my family here in Spain and the trip here has been pretty enlightening regarding what you can expect from airport security personnel.
The guys in Ezeiza Buenos Aires airport did an overall better job. The guy checking out people asked me aside after going through the metal detector and frisked me. For some reason I often get picked out for that. Either I’m incredibly good looking or I stick out in some way that some security guys notice. I’m thinking the later is the most probable reason.
Anyway, he checked my waist, arms, legs, no groin but still he at least did it and would have found any weapon hidden in those places.
Then came the Madrid airport security for the other flight to Barcelona.
It was such a mess, the security personnel consisted of several short, overweight women that didn’t have a clue. For some reason they all looked the same, 4 or 5 women that seemed to be Bolivian, pretty strange. They were loud, rude, and even worse, stupid and bad at their job.
One started yelling at me to remove my shoes, another one seemed pretty preoccupied about my wife, and asked her to remove her belt. You know, small blondie, rosary around her neck, baby in arms, another brat at her knees. You know, the typical terrorist stereotype.
I didn’t like the yelling and felt particularly pissed when I saw half a dozen other men that could have been carrying a bomb in their huge boots and jackets just walk by. The woman didn’t even seem to notice. They didn’t have the mental capacity to concentrate on more than one person at a time, so you could carry a nuke on board while they questioned my wife and I.
It was like that funny movie where the little girl gets thrown to the ground while the arab guys with rifles and suitcases full of TNT walk on board.
I lost my patience by then, told her that this was it, threw our stuff through the scanner and hurried to catch our flight.
I thought about taking an extra second to explain to them how stupid and useless they were, but they really didn’t deserve to know.
Why I’m I saying this? Because I was in such a hurry, I didn’t even notice I went on board with my OC spray RedSabre can that I always carry and my Altoids kit with a couple small blades, heck even now that I think about it I have a couple small fireckrackers in there.
So yes guys, the only thing the Madrid airport security achieves is to piss dads and soccer moms off. The guys in Buenos Aires weren’t more effective, but at least they were polite.
I wasn’t trying to prove anything, it was all a honest mistake because we rushed to the airport in the last minute, I remember thinking that I didn’t have anything I wouldn`t throw away right away if it gave me any trouble with the security check. I forgot about all that stuff, even worse, so did the airport security.
Feeling safer already?