Having read about Alan Skinner’s recent experience with airport security at Sumburgh, I can only say that I echo his sentiments.
Having recently passed through security at Sumburgh once, Aberdeen twice, Heathrow twice and Rome once, I can say that Sumburgh has by far the most robust examination.
Even after taking off my shoes, I had to present the soles of my feet for examination! I was half expecting to get a pedicure. Nowhere else was I even required to remove my shoes.
The history of increased level of airport searches is interesting. At first there were body bomb attempts, then a shoe bomber. This led at first to removal of belts, then shoes during checks. Strange that since the underwear bomber no-one has been asked to remove their underwear. Look out folks, they have not caught up yet – soon they will be after your knickers.
Can we conclude from this evidence that Sumburgh and Shetland are far higher up the terrorists’ list than Aberdeen, London or Rome. I never realised that we were so important.
Or can we say, that if Sumburgh is carrying out checks to the required standard, then everywhere else is sadly lacking in maintaining a proper standard.