Hilarious video, by the way. The wand guy didn't blink when yours truly opened his coat for a closer pass-by and everything fell out.
Try this silliness at an airport in 2011 and besides being bounced for lack of a boarding pass we would probably be sent straight to the Gitmo for being found in possession of concealed bomber hats.
The days of greeting or bidding adieu to friends and family at airport gates are long gone, and after yesterday's suicide bombing in the luggage return at Domodedovo Airport in Moscow the question of saying hello and goodbye anywhere in the airport terminal is again front and center.
Unlike many crowded public places, airports never have to be as crowded as they are, whether crowded with friends, family, and punks at the gate or anywhere on the premises save for driving by for curbside drop-off/pickup.
Should we expand the security ring or require a boarding pass to so much as enter an airport? The question puts a fine point on the psychology behind protecting people using the air transport system compared to protecting the same number of people who might regularly pack into any other low-security public venue.
Domodedovo-level suicide bombings can occur anywhere people are free to move about, and the sad fact remains that in many cases the call to "find the people responsible for this" rings hollow. Often there are accomplices, but sometimes the sole responsible party remains at the crime scene: there ... there ... there ... and way over there.
As is usually the case in these tragedies, the security question raised by yesterday's bombing feels lots more like a sociology question.