July 8th, 2005


userinfo senji
2005/07/08 15:16:00 - Fond misunderstandings…
<them> seeing as that whole area's (Kings Cross – Ed) a huge building site, could that have been how the terrorists slipped through the net?
<me> what net?
<them> the security check net.
<me> what security check net?

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userinfo ilanin
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2005/07/08 14:31:48
Dude. Seriously. wtf? What city/country has a security check net for a rail terminus? Especially for a *subway* terminus, wherein a thorough security check would probably take longer than an appreciable fraction of the journeys...
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userinfo senji
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2005/07/08 14:33:10
London, apparently.
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userinfo fluffymormegil
2005/07/08 14:34:11
London, Ashford, Calais, Lille, Paris, and Brussel.
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userinfo ilanin
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2005/07/08 14:37:28
If you're counting those, none of which actually do, then you missed out Tokyo, at very least.
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userinfo fluffymormegil
2005/07/08 14:40:14
There are railway stations in all of those places with at least one secured passenger-services platform...
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userinfo ilanin
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2005/07/08 14:41:47
Which is rather different to what I was actually saying, which was a "secured" terminus, in the manner of an airport.
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userinfo ilanin
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2005/07/08 14:49:54
And of course, even that isn't actually of much practical use, since the terrorists get on somewhere else. What you would need is a secure network, which is even more stupidly expensive and utterly implausible (until somebody comes up with an automated detection system for Bad Things which actually works, anyway).
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userinfo fluffymormegil
2005/07/08 14:50:26
I hadn't noticed Gatwick Airport, in the large, to be particularly secured.
Airside, yes. Though ISTR a stunt by one of the redtop rags suggesting that airside personnel vetting was not what it might be.
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userinfo ilanin
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2005/07/08 14:53:24
For airside read trackside, naturally.

As for personnel vetting at airports, very much so. If you can be bothered to click through the advert which non-premium subscribers have to put up with, salon.com's Ask The Pilot column has a lot to say about the subject of airport security, none of which is complimentary when it talks about the screening of airport service crews.

I kind of lapsed in putting "secure" in inverted commas. I think we all know there is no such thing, just relative degrees.
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userinfo edith_the_hutt
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2005/07/08 15:16:23
*giggle*
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userinfo alfvaen
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2005/07/08 19:46:39
Obviously they snuck through Platform 9 3/4.

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