Yesterday, a bunch of tree huggers calling themselves ‘Plane Stupid’ managed to breach the
iron ring of security chain link fence around Heathrow and plunk themselves on the north runway to protest about a third runway – which incidentally hasn’t even been approved yet.
Now, I’m the first to admit that Cameron did actually say on camera “No ifs. No buts. There will not be a third runway at Heathrow’ which seems pretty clear although, to be fair, he is a politician so it’s possible I am taking him out of context and he didn’t actually mean that.
Personally, I don’t think a third runway is needed and would be better built at Gatwick where they actually seem to want it – but that’s not my point. What concerns me is given the massacre in Tunisia, the Lockerbie bombing and the 9/11 and 7/7 attacks, how the fuck did these people get onto the runway on the first place???
I’ve queued for many hours at airports over the years. I’ve thrown out my liquids over 100ml. I’ve had to remove belts and shoes and go through full body scanners. I’ve been body searched by hairy Russians. I endured all that in the interests of security when it seems that all I really needed to get airside was a pair of wire cutters.
And while we’re at it, what was the dozy security git doing sat in front of the CCTV cameras that monitor this fence?
It’s embarrassing for sure but, more than that, it’s simply dangerous and makes a mockery of any sort of pretence at airport security. The responsible managers should be sacked immediately and the firm responsible for security sent a bill for the millions of pounds that were wasted by the disruption.
And let’s prosecute the little bastards for criminal damage to the fence for starters, followed by a bill for the security operation to clear them away. That’ll sort the buggers out!
Plane Stupid? No, just plain stupid…