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More security needed closer to home?

More security needed closer to home?

Sir,
In light of the recent Heathrow terrorist bomb plot I feel obliged to highlight a potential serious flaw in security at Chiangmai Airport. Several days ago my wife and I flew with Thai-airways from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. On showing our boarding passes and passports to enter the departure lounge our hand luggage was - as is usual - passed through the luggage scanner and we both subsequently stepped through the people scanner - and both set of the ‘bleeper’. We were consequently summoned to one side and scanned by one of the security staff with a manual (wand type) scanner. We both again bleeped - probably belts, buckles, keys, etc. However, to my surprise, we were then waved on to pick up our bags with no further investigation!
As a frequent flier I know that in many other airports we would have been put back through the people scanner as many times as was necessary until the source of the bleeping was found. Therefore I can only assume that the security staff at Chiang Mai Airport have some new class of detectors that can distinguish belt buckles, keys, etc., from a potential dangerous or threatening item - or they are dangerously inefficient.
If they do have a new class of detectors isn’t it time all airports had them?
Regards
James Bannister


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