Wednesday, 11 April 2012

How do you spot a terrorist?

All Boy One's own work.
If you ask someone in security at Glasgow Airport they, apparently, would answer - he is 12, has Asperger's and is fixated with cake decorating. 


Really. Yesterday I dropped the big Boys off at the airport so they could fly to spend a few days with their dad in Wales. They are very grown up and travelling on their own. 


Before they packed their lovely new cases and presented them for my inspection. This is necessary since both the hot water bottle incident and the souvenir bullet debacle. I found that all their currently favourite things were present and, I thought, correct. 


Boy One is in the grip of a fascination with all things icing. I've been persuaded to subscribe to My Cake Decorating magazine which comes with lots of exciting things, including a cardboard fold-up cake stand. And so his packing included all the treasures - piping bag, biscuit and sugar craft gun, etc.


We arrived at the airport at the appointed hour only, as usual, to be told to go away for 45 minutes. I suspect the dropping off unaccompanied children rules were drawn up with a view to the profits of the car park company as it's impossible to do so without triggering the been-here-more-than-two-hours penalty.


However, we sought sustenance at the Cafe of the Highway Robber and could hardly hear ourselves play eye spy over his laughter at the fact we'd paid nearly nine quid for three bags of crisps, two juices and a cup of tea. 


Later I handed the Boys over, "no kisses mum", and watched them disappear towards security. Moments later airline staff came to find me to tell me that they'd had to remove the biscuit and sugar craft gun from his luggage "because it posed a risk". 


Of what? To whom?  




8 comments:

  1. You should go to the papers. That's appallingly and childishly annoying. Jobsworth arses. What was he going to do, pipe butter icing on to the pilot until he redirected the plane to legoland?

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  2. Many of those involved in the security operation at Glasgow Airport are lacking in people skills. A radical new approach is required to re-train the power drunk inadequates who permeate the security effort.

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  3. Really that is crazy. What is someone going to do with that. Make some pretty cakes on board. The world has gone mad. I agree they have to be cautious but he's a child for crying out loud. Hope he wasn't too upset. x

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    1. Luckily I was able to tell the v helpful ground staff to get a message to him that I had taken it home. He was OK.

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  4. You've got to be kidding me !!!??? Beyond silly into the abyss of nuts!

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  5. How absurd. Maybe they thought he'd induce the passengers to storm the cockpit in a mass sugar rush. That's the most sensible explanation I could come up with, and I've discarded a lot...

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    1. Actually far more dangerous was that he was left with the magazines and recipes. He could bore anyone into submission "did you know there were seven types of icing?"...

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