Report from the Badlands

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in Other Countries' started by exbayern, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. exbayern

    exbayern Original Member

    I've spent a few weeks travelling around former Commielands, and this ELLE is happy to post the following report.
    • security waits were never more than five minutes
    • there was no barking
    • there were a lot of please and thank you's
    • there was no shoe removal
    • there were no scanners in existence
    • Obatzda was easily brought through two checkpoints without being voluntarily surrendered
    • I packed 60 Mon Chéri (the good ones with alcohol) in my bag and after 5 flights 60 arrived at their at the destination
    Meanwhile, back at FRA, they have added an expedited security line for passengers with short connections (there is a monitor listing which flights may use that lane) so that they don't have as long a wait. ('Long' is relative as I have not waited longer than 10 minutes all year, and that only to overly conditioned Americans who want to play the shoe game even though we tell them that game doesn't exist here)

    There was a long line at passport (exit) control at FRA this weekend but that seemed to be more due to passengers who couldn't understand EU/EWR/CH signage. And another lane was opened quickly, and I was given a warm 'Ciao Ciao!' by the police officer as I left the area.

    Life is tough here in this part of the world, folks. :p Feel free to come enjoy it with me.

    
     
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  2. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    First Günther stops his ball juggling act in FRA, and now this. Please export the sanity! ^
     
  3. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    She's just trying to make us jealous...<*shrug*>...it worked! ;)
     
  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I've also spent some weekends & vacation times in ex-Commie countries the last few years: Warsaw, Prague (2X), Dresden, Hamburg, Berlin (4X), Ljubljana. The travel experiences -- by air in and/or out of all them except Dresden and sometimes by train between them has been uniformly pleasant, in sharp contrast to what we have to put up with in Amerika.

    He's probably been too busy consulting to TSA to juggle any for himself.
     
  5. exbayern

    exbayern Original Member

    Was it the alcohol filled chocolates, or the screening experiences? :D Don't worry, I have some US travel coming up to offset my recent experiences.
     
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  6. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    Both! But now you have me feeling sorry for you. :(
     
  7. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Has he stopped his act or is he no longer there?
     
  8. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    They stopped the genital cupping in FRA several years ago. I don't recall why they felt the need to do it only there.
     
  9. exbayern

    exbayern Original Member

    I've (obviously) never been subjected to ball cupping as I have none to cup, but nor has anyone ever raised my skirt, put their hand up my skirt, put their hand into the waistband of my skirt, or otherwise displayed any interest at all in any of the skirts I wear every single time through security at FRA.
     
  10. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    That's because Americans have become the stupidest people on the planet. And the stupidest of them have risen to the top of certain governmental agencies (DHS and TSA).
     
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  11. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Mmmmmm, I remember the dark chocolate beans filled with some kind of alcohol from when I lived in Munich. Loved those. :)
     
  12. Bungnoid

    Bungnoid Original Member

    That's all well and good, but we KNOW, based on first-hand reports, that the Russians and Ukrainians, at least, are using the scanners. (Based on my Internet research, the Russians may have been the first to implement them, back in 2006.) Perhaps it's only at the major airports, but the reports seem to indicate that there is no opting out (or at least the travelers making the reports did not have to courage to even inquire whether it was an option).
     
  13. exbayern

    exbayern Original Member

    More feedback from former Commielands:

    My colleague and I flew from FRA and when we were waiting for our luggage to arrive he was complaining about airport security. He had just returned from his compulsory annual trip to America, and travels as much as I do, but to more 'unique' locations.

    As we were discussing airports in general, he suddenly said loudly 'But the WORST in the world is AMERICA!' and proceeded to rant about TSA. The 'name game' was a good topic as both our names are pronounced very differently in American English than in our native languages.

    Several people actually turned away from the baggage belt and joined in, or nodded vigourously. How ironic to be in a formerly 'bad' country which many people apparently still think as 'bad', having a conversation with people from various countries about how the worst airport security in the world belonged to what was one seen as the hallmark of freedom. :(

    (Oh, and I asked him about scanners based on the above comment and he said that he has never seen them in use in Ukraine, or Russia, or even in his home airport which ran a short test - just many times in America) That doesn't mean that they don't exist, but based on his frequency of travel at least I suspect that there is a chance of avoiding them. My Kiev/London based colleague recently said the same.
     
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