Raining on the security parade

2010-06-19 10:56

Al-Qaeda has made ours an ­unsafe world.

We’ve responded with thorough security checks at airports, stadiums and other mass gatherings.

The World Cup is a prime target because it has the world’s gaze fixed on a single place.

Removing your belts, bags and jewellery when going through checks, and ­getting the contents of your bag embarrassingly scrutinised with an X-ray is, unfortunately, the price you have to pay for safety.

And so, as I joined the queues at the World Cup opening match last week, I resigned ­myself to having my three bags (I have a lot of baggage and don’t travel light) combed through by the contracted security.

My eyes welled up as I expected to lose a chunky bottle of new perfume.

Only girls bring perfume to soccer, I berated myself, giving a liberal spray over my yellow clothes and kissing the pretty bottle goodbye.While spectators go through metal detectors, your bags are passed over a table, unchecked.

The casually employed (and poorly trained) security guards did not open the bags to search them as they were meant to.

Perhaps it was first-day nerves or poor training, but the security was lax at what could have been a soft target.

It was a wonderful opening and a magical Mzansi weekend, so who wants to rain on the nation’s parade?But with the private security contract now exploding, it may help to choose them with greater care next time around.

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