Behind the Camera

Security Check

 

Before God created man, he created the security check. Well, at least it feels like it nowadays. But hey, that is absolutely fine with us. I mean, who wants to be sitting next to a passenger with a bag loaded with semtex?

But there are SECURITY CHECKS - and security checks.

Frankfurt:
Long queues have formed in front of the x-ray units. But that's nothing new to the well-traveled nature photographer. You pull the laptop out of the bag, put the photo bag on the belt, and finally remove the jacket as well as all the coins and the keys. "Belt" barks the uniformed lady at the x-ray unit. Okay, so she is a bit monosyllabic today, but then, would you care to do her job? So it's off with the belt. Oh dear, let's just hope that this won't be an embarassment - nowadays one is not that slim! With great anticipation you approach the ominous gate. PEEEEEP! Damn! Forgot the pen in the shirt pocket. "Move over here" one is commandeered by the very official looking man who now performs a body search. Wow, three syllables! But that must have been exhausting, because with a curt nod you are urged to move on. So it's back to the belt to collect all the personal belongings. "Your bag?" is the short question of the lady at the belt. Before finishing a shy nod, she has already ripped open the bag. Only cameras and lenses, no semtex. Done!

Dublin:
Long queues have formed in front of the x-ray units. But that's nothing new to the well-traveled nature photographer. You pull the laptop out of the bag, put the photo bag on the belt, and finally remove the jacket as well as all the coins and the keys. Oh yeah, and of course the belt and the pen. One hasn't turned senile yet! And again you walk through the gate. PEEEEEP! No, not again! What's the matter now? "Probably your shoes, Sir" informs me the friendly looking officer. "Would you please remove them?" Well, if one is asked that kindly, then there is no problem at all. And luckily new socks were put on just this morning. This time, there is no PEEEEP while passing the gate. "Thank you, Sir" says the man and you move over to the belt to collect your belongings. "Is this your bag, Sir? Would you mind opening it, please" asks the woman behind the belt kindly. No problem, it's only cameras and lenses.