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Jukka

New Security Measures and Amputees

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Hi all,

This happened to me a couple of weeks back when I was at Changi Airport of Singapore:

I was at the airport with my son to welcome my new colleague to Singapore. As we were waiting my colleague's flight to arrive we were spending time at fast food outlet. Before we made move from there to arrival area I felt that it is better to adjust my socket by adding one more filler sock. I was wearing jeans which meant that I had to go to toilet for this procedure in order to let the jeans down. I was wearing sandals without socks so it is possible that people see my artificial foot. I went to the toilet cubicle, which had a partition open at the bottom about 30 centimetres so the person on the other cubicle can hear what happens on the other side and also see your feet moving. Well, there was another person on the other side. He must have seen when I removed my leg made it to lean against the partition. When I came out of the cubicle and washed my hands there was an airport security guard in the toilet who kept his eyes on me. When I went out he started following me. I noticed it and tested; I went back to the toilet and he followed. Only when I went back to my son he stopped following, but it took a little while before he gave up, he was eyeing us for a minute or so.

It is very obvious that the guy in the other cubicle reported to the security that there is a security threat in toilet, a man taking of his leg and putting it back again.

What a terrorist, a wooden leg and all! Maybe amps should always have an escort, otherwise they may hide bombs in their legs.

Amputees may look unusual and do unusual things at times, which makes them natural suspects.

Has anyone else similar experiences?

Kind regards,

Jukka

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Jukka

I bet that made you feel upset, like why is someone looking at me weird or whatever! But I just wanted to comment, I haven't had any experiences, but I hope next time people will understand

Lesley

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Hi Jukka,

I spent a month travelling through the U.S. last year and set off EVERY security alarm on the way.

The security guys were pretty good about it and often just laughed, but a few got suspicious and really wanted to see my prosthesis, so I just humoured them. Ah well.....why be unique if we can't enjoy it?

I am VERY tempted though to just slip it off quickly and hop through the area with the leg on the conveyor belt for xray and see what people do.

I do like playing tricks on people.

Cat

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Lesley,

I did not get or feel upset for myself for the security officer following me, but this is just an observation how paranoid people have become.

Anything out of the norm is suspicious. And authorities encourage public to report anything suspicious they see.

Here in Singapore there are security officers now patrolling in public transport terminals such as bus and train terminals & interchances. I have not been stopped yet for wearing a prosthetic leg, but it only needs someone paranoid to raise a concern that may begin targeting you. Moreover, these security people are not very highly educated.

Maybe I should raise a public security concern anonymously in some public forum, see reaction and then hit back. I too like playing funny pranks and sometimes even expose some people's lack of grey matter, but only if they behave inapproprietly.

When I had to fly frequently between Singapore and Brunei on my earlier job not too long ago, I had never any encounters with that security checking passengers to the aircraft. The alarm always rang, but it was never a problem; the officer just did a quick search next to the detector gate, ran his/ her hand to the rim of my socket, understood and nodded to me to go to the plane. Sometimes I lifted the hose of my pants for the officer to see. Sometimes I was flying with shorts on, if it was weekend; and even that quick search was not done although the alarm rang because they saw the cause.

Kind regards,

Jukka

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I have never had that kind of experience, how awful you must have felt, especially having your son with you. I guess living in these times of terriost, our freedom, as we once knew it, will forever be gone. :unsure: :( When you think of it tho, what better way to carry something into an airports, etc. It's pretty damn sad times we've come to, when a person (amputee) can't ever feel like their body belongs to them. That it may be taken apart and inspected at any time. However, I guess to be safe, we all have to do our part to try and prevent another terriost attack from ever taken place again...... ANYWHERE!!! :angry:

Sheila lbk

Southern Maine USA

Keep Smiling :)

It is better to have failed at the attempt, than to have never tried.

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Thats made me laugh reading this :D :D :D :D

I havnt had a pleasure of this yet!!! god the security are going to love me then!!!

As i have a last name called Ali

he!he!

Oy yeah dont worry! i aint into relign or extreme right wing groups!

as i come from a mega mix grill family! my nan was irish cath + my grandad was pakistan muslim from my dads side

and my other grandad + nan was church of england! So for me i was well put off with relign!! he!he!

I believe in treat the next person as you would like to be treated!

Simple!!! who ever you are!! ;) ;) ;) ;)

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