A Nurse with a Gun

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Guns at Heathrow

Heathrow International. Terminal 5. Brad Jayakody of London is entering security. He has a gun.

Brad Jayakody was stopped, and forced to remove his gun during a routine pre-flight security check.
"We won't be able to let you through because your T-shirt has got a gun on it'," the official informed Mr. Jayakody, referring to a cloth image of a robotic arm grasping a fantasy pistol.

The security supervisor agreed stating "Sorry we can't let you through and you've a gun on your T-shirt."

A BAA spokesman said there was no record of the incident and no formal complaint had been made. "If a T-shirt had a rude word or a bomb on it, for example, a passenger may be asked to remove it," he said. "We are investigating what happened to see if it came under this category. If it's offensive, we don't want other passengers upset."

The question remains though..........If Mr. Jayakody had donned a jacket, would he have been allowed to board the aircraft wearing a concealed gun on a T-shirt?



Anonymous Anderson said...

Can I wear my t-shirt with a picture of a 16 oz bottle of water?

6:58 AM  
Blogger Ed Skinner said...

I shoot Bullseye and, on occasion, will be sitting next to another shooter on an airplane. Not surprisingly, we talk guns.
"How many 1911s do you have?"
"Do you reload?"
"What about ADs?" [Accidental Discharges]
None of the nearby passengers have ever said or done anything in apparent reaction to our discussions but, nonetheless, I'm aware that some eavesdroppers might be disturbed by our conversation on board and in-flight aircraft.
But, hey, we're talkin' guns, you know? Lighten up!

9:13 AM  
Blogger nature223 said...

I'd be soooooo tempted to wear a "this shirt says gun on it"
tee shirt,and see how they play that one off.
you can wear ANYTHING that isnt offensive...who is the judge? some 8.00hour TSA puke??
screw that....

10:42 AM  
Blogger BobG said...

You have to wonder what they would do if a person had a gun tattoo that was visible. Would they have to cover it up?

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Keith said...

Avoid BAA airports!
It's as simple as that.

They are arseholes towards their customers, and a breeding ground for little hitlers:

"put that into one bag" then 10 yards on "laptops out of bags for inspection"

"Sorry sir, that doesn't fit in our smaller than everyone else's hand luggage measure box, you'll have to check that new DSLR in as hold luggage for your flight to Johannesburg..." (almost certain to be stolen).

They make travelling a misery; Just avoid them when you can.


12:09 PM  
Blogger mike's spot said...

Wow great article. Scary how manipulative people are trying to be. I study communications at school, and can't help but think of what message is trying to be conveyed here.

If McLuhan is right when he says the medium is the message, then by manipulating the mediums used to express anything, these would-be power hungry people are manipulating messages with external forces against people trying to communicate to each other free of influence.

A bit of a stretch, but all terrible things start with a 'reasonable proposal'

PS I put up a short blog piece on this too. Nothing special- but I did link yours if you get strange hits.

2:19 PM  

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