Posted on: September 21st, 2010 by Paul Scott
Just recently, an 80-year-old grandmother was able to make the Melbourne Airport’s multi-million dollar security system look silly. This happened after the old lady was able to carry a 33cm screwdriver onto a plane on two flights.
Mrs Bond, who currently lives in Adelaide, first carried on the prohibited item in her hand luggage when she flew to Melbourne just last month to spend some time with her son after the death of her husband. The tool was, of course, not detected at Adelaide despite the fact that the bag did go through an X-ray machine.
Then the lady passed security at Melbourne airport unnoticed a week later and headed back to Adelaide. Her son said his mother did not even known that the screwdriver was in the pocket of her carry on luggage until she returned home. Mrs Bond said that she was quite shocked and very concerned about the breach.
Mrs Bond said she was careful when she packed her bag, because she thought that security was a lot tougher. However, she now thinks the whole thing is just ridiculous. She went on to say that she was very shocked that the screening did not detect the screwdriver. Mrs Bond said that she has no idea how she was able to get through security.
Mrs Bond even added that she was very aware that things like that could not be taken on planes. However, she had no idea that it was in her bag. She said that she even took out her nail file in her handbag before flying.
Her son said that it did look like people were being rushed through security check points because of the long lines. He later called on Qantas to review safety and security procedures.
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