Has The World Gone Mad? (Yes, Of Couse It Has)

From The Sun:

AIRPORT guards stopped a man boarding a plane — for wearing a Transformers T-shirt showing a cartoon gun.
Brad Jayakody, 30, was shocked when he was told to change his top if he wanted to catch his flight from Heathrow’s Terminal 5.
IT consultant Brad — on a British Airways trip with four colleagues to Dusseldorf, Germany — asked to see the security chief.
He thought the boss would "see sense" — but he backed up the decision and threatened him with ARREST.

Aussie-born Brad said: "My mate set off the alarms and was searched.
"But then the guy told me to stop and said ‘you cannot get on the plane because there is a gun on your T-shirt’."

The top has the Transformers film character Optimus Prime on the front.
Brad, of Bayswater, West London, added: "It’s a cartoon robot with a gun as an arm. What was I going to do, use the shirt to pretend I have a gun?
"I was flabbergasted. I thought the supervisor would come over and see sense, but he didn’t. After I changed he said if I changed back I would be arrested."
A spokesman for Heathrow operator BAA said: "If a T-shirt had a rude word or a bomb on it for example, a passenger may be asked to remove it.
"We are investigating what happened to see if it came under this category."

AAAGGGHHH!!! The Madness. Surely these Heathrow employees should be clipped around the ear and told to get back to reality. Funny, in a slightly Lisbon Treaty related angle to this story, I heard on RTE news last week that Yes on Lisbon will bring an end to the whole '100 mils of liquid on a plane' thing, and get rid of the stupid plastic bag precaution. Thank jeebus. Let's steer this ship back towards the realm of sanity.

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June 3, 2008 at 2:23 PM theozmatron said...

Yep, thats sounds completely logical.

Because of course when a young angry Muslim (only the obvious stereotype will do here) sets eyes on such a t-shirt he will immediately try to hijack the aircraft out of some insane loyalty to Osama Bin Laden and his close associate, Optimus Prime.

This young man will actually only be compelled to hijack the plane after his mind has been warped from playing Grand Theft Auto IV, and watching the latest violent movie in between continuous viewing of the video nasty, "Cannibal Holocaust"

Before telly the world must have been so peaceful and tranquil.

June 3, 2008 at 3:00 PM ctrl/alt/delete said...

Just in case you need more proof that we live in a crazy world.....

In Lebanon, men are legally allowed to have sex with animals, but the animals must be female.
Having sexual relations with a male animal is punishable by death.

The penalty for masturbation in Indonesia is decapitation.

Topless saleswomen are legal in Liverpool, England -
but only in tropical fish stores.

There are men in Guam whose full-time job is to travel the countryside and deflower young virgins, who pay them for the privilege of having sex for the first time...
Reason: Under Guam law, it is expressly forbidden for virgins to marry.

In Maryland, it is illegal to sell condoms from vending
machines with one exception: Prophylactics may be
dispensed from a vending machine only "in places where alcoholic beverages are sold for consumption on the premises."

June 3, 2008 at 3:44 PM theozmatron said...

Ha! wait till ya here this one.

In 2004, America re-elected George W Bush and this year Boris Johnson became the mayor of a major European city!

June 3, 2008 at 4:45 PM Chrisnostanding said...

What a world we live in