A few too many terrorist bombs
going off around the world in places where none were
expected. All of this raises the question of security at
Two security experts say that anyone disgruntled enough
and with a hand grenade or pistol could all too easily
make their way onto a departing plane at the
international airport and then what... hijack it or
The problem isn't the technology. Pochentong has the
latest, state-of-the- art gear as far as metal detectors
go. The problem is the people who don't use it.
One security expert said he had some fake bombs used in
seminars for business executives to demonstrate what they
look like. He took them with him when leaving the
country, put his bag through the carry-on luggage metal
detector and nobody raised an eyebrow. He says they could
have had real explosives instead of the dummy stuff and -
bingo - he would have been on a plane with a live bomb.
Another security consultant says just about anyone could
carry a weapon through the walk-thru metal detector as
the buzzer rings for just about all passengers but no one
is ever checked with one of those hand-held metal
detectors once the bell goes off.
Just ask yourself: when was the last time you walked thru
the detector before the international departure lounge
and after the bell rang someone checked to see if the
metal car keys you were carrying was a concealed handgun?
Of course, its so difficult to buy a weapon here that
maybe one shouldn't be concerned.
** There's some serious talk among opposition politicians
on how to re- run the entire election on a shoestring
budget. Here's the plan: re-use the ballot boxes, haul
out the leftover ballots of which there are heaps,
presumably, use pagodas for polling stations as they
would be available free-of-charge, and get monks for
election officials because you would only have to provide
them with food-and maybe you can get the people to donate
** Hero of the month: the warden at a rural prison who
was worried about the health of his charges because funds
from the central till were insufficient to feed them. He
didn't panic, he just sold his own motorcycle and then
his cow to buy more food to feed the cons.
** Need a diversion from the muddle of post-electoral
politics. The Bayon Pearnik is hosting a "how many
people can you fit on a moto party" in front of the
Pink Elephant Bar on August 30.