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Hard News: There's Always One

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  • FletcherB,

    I have a piece of titanium and 6 screws in my knee, shaped like a 7 and about 8cm on the long side and 5 across the top...

    Been to Aussie 2 or 3 times now and never tripped anything... Strange because I have set them off with a forgotten couple of coins or keys...

    I'm quite prepared to roll up my trousers and show the scar.... I presume they will be happy if any detectable metal is provably under your skin, as opposed to just inside your clothing?

    But then, assuming security checks and logic or reasonableness go together might be a stretch?

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 893 posts Report Reply

  • reece palmer,

    Hey granny is getting lazy, there is a story about the green party office posted as 'new' updates at 12.03 and 1.45 under differing headlines, but with verbatim text content. Lift your game granny!

    the terraces • Since Nov 2006 • 298 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    I have an Indian (but looks middle-eastern) friend with a plate in his arm, born and always lived in the US - travel for him can be really really annoying

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2622 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Good to see Ian Wishart exercising his trademark journalistic caution:

    Mad Muslim involved in Mid-Air hijack?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • Neil Graham,

    Mad Muslim involved in Mid-Air hijack?

    Surely the last word should be Melee there?

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 118 posts Report Reply

  • Idiot Savant,

    I thought Don Brash did eat babies?

    Nope. Strictly corned beef and boiled peas. Which in modern New Zealand, is almost as bad.

    (Welcome to the food front of the culture war)

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1716 posts Report Reply

  • Idiot Savant,

    So just who is 'this sort of person'? TV1 at mid day reported it was a Somali woman. Someone on PAS says it was a man who was arrested. If it was a Somali man dressed as a woman I think it reasonable to be be fearful this was a terrorist incident.

    Pretty clearly a woman, according to the photo here.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1716 posts Report Reply

  • Jarno van der Linden,

    I hope that the esteemed Minister for Transport Safety takes into account that one can cause more death and destruction by hijacking your average city bus rather than a small turboprop plane.

    Nelson • Since Oct 2007 • 82 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    So just who is 'this sort of person'? TV1 at mid day reported it was a Somali woman. Someone on PAS says it was a man who was arrested.

    That was me. I was quoting from Radio NZ, which made a mistake when it uploaded the audio (the audio didn't say man, but the text description of the audio did). Oops.

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3215 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Looks like a lady to me ...

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/4392665a10.html

    I'm thinking crazy person rather than terrorist though.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Margaret,

    As a frequent user of the Blenheim airport I am gutted. I like it because it is so easy laid back for someone like me who is a stressy traveller. As far as I know there isn't even a security guard there all the time.

    On some of the small planes you don't have to check in any of your luggage, they just cross your name off the list and go when everyone is on.

    I've even been on the plane when someone got on by mistake and we had to taxi back in and swap passengers. And you can use your cell phone on board.

    Maybe I'll have to start using the Koromiko airport near Picton instead.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2007 • 15 posts Report Reply

  • Margaret,

    Also, I think I've heard of the (tiny) Somalian community in Blenheim as suffering some racism. That's just small town gossip though.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2007 • 15 posts Report Reply

  • Testcard,

    That Don was a mean man wasn't he? At least we've got that cuddly John Key who I believe only eats endangered Bird life.

    Isn't he single handedly responsible for decimating the Kiwi population?

    Strangely enough, one former ACT MP actually had that very idea . Gerry Eckhoff was his name.

    ACT environment spokesman Gerry Eckhoff seemed to be on the same wavelength as Dr. Wamsley- he said he had already come up with a recipe for grilled kiwi.

    Mr. Eckhoff acknowledged that some peole considered him a “crackpot” for suggesting that NZ privatise the kiwi, but said he believed the only way to save the kiwi was with competent management and large investment.

    Obviously a sensitive soul, Eckhoff gave a speech on the subject called 'Having Your Kiwi And Eating It Too'.

    Since Nov 2007 • 23 posts Report Reply

  • Jimmy Hayes,

    I think I've heard of the (tiny) Somalian community in Blenheim as suffering some racism

    Coming from a proud top o' the South-er, I can't say I'm surprised one bit.

    Since Apr 2007 • 35 posts Report Reply

  • simon g,

    It's now being reported that the hi-jacker wanted the plane to fly to Australia.

    Cullen to blame, says Key.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1330 posts Report Reply

  • slarty,

    A friend just forwarded this to me... suggests we all send it. Not a bad idea?

    Dear Mr Duynhoven

    As a frequent traveler I wished to support your calm response to todays incident, and urge that you not be panicked into unnecessary increases in the security theatre that is currently acted out at airports.

    I understand the international context that leads to the current situation, and can only imagine how hard it will be to resist without pointing out that the screening we have is only marginally effective, but I am sure it can be done!

    Since Nov 2006 • 290 posts Report Reply

  • InternationalObserver,

    this is much funnier (but aren't we off topic?)

    http://nz.youtube.com/watch?v=1uIdVPvYxng

    Since Jun 2007 • 909 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    They( Cambell live last night) say the somali woman who survived rape had come from a refugee camp. It is also mentioned she was beaten. She has difficulties apparently. No shitsherlock!

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • slarty,

    I notice Ron Marks has given in to temptation and said screening is required.

    Another example of why membership of any of the forces automatically disqualifies you from managing policy.

    Since Nov 2006 • 290 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Another example of why membership of any of the forces automatically disqualifies you from managing policy

    I've little time for Mark, but what a silly comment. How exactly did you get from A to B, slarty?

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    I have a sinking feeling they'll have no option but to do something.

    After something which has been as publicised as this, if the govt announces its not going to increase security, we'll see a procession of disturbed types pulling stunts like this on provincial flights.

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 830 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Just because I can, I'd like to report that TBR.cc has painstakingly dissected the incident, in their own inimitable style. The consensus appears to be that we can never ensure perfect safety on small planes, so it's pointless taking steps in that direction. Instead, since these actions are 'imported cultural baggage', we need to think harder about allowing Muslims into the country.

    Astounding.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • rodgerd,

    I have a sinking feeling they'll have no option but to do something.

    Well, Paul "Full of Shit" Henry was certainly putting on a bravura performance to that effect last night. Honestly, the guy he had on for the 'interview' might as well not have been there. I thought Paul Holmes was bad, but I see we've now lurched to the O'Reilly school of broadcasting, where guests are just there to shut up and be yelled at by some pig-ignorant fuckwit.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 512 posts Report Reply

  • Kracklite,

    Regarding Perigo and Wishart, please don't take me too seriously on this, but it sure is tempting to draw a parallel with Phneas Gage. There're no visible signs of metre-long tamping irons through their skulls, but maybe they've had undiagnosed strokes?

    What is it with certain men who find middle age approaching and suddenly go completely barking? I'm worried enough by my hair migrating from my scalp to my nostrils without this prospect confronting me.

    As I said, for legal reasons, don't take this seriously...

    The Library of Babel • Since Nov 2007 • 982 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Just because I can, I'd like to report that TBR.cc has painstakingly dissected the incident, in their own inimitable style. The consensus appears to be that we can never ensure perfect safety on small planes, so it's pointless taking steps in that direction. Instead, since these actions are 'imported cultural baggage', we need to think harder about allowing Muslims into the country.

    To be honest, with small planes, it's not the passengers that are the prime target for a terrorist, it's where you can point the plane on the ground. Full rugby stadiums, government buildings and whatnot.

    In which case, passenger airlines are actually much harder than just getting your license yourself and hiring a plane for an hour. Why go through the risk of having to overpower other people for the additional dozen people in your slightly large cesna.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

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