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Security checks a fat lot of gouda

Having recently had some perfectly good cheese confiscated at Charles de Gaulle airport for security reasons (it fell under the definition of 'paste'), I began to wonder if the authorities are doing all they can to protect us?

If an item of hand luggage is deemed to be an explosive risk then ought not teams of explosives experts be available at every airport security desk? Should I not have been arrested and interrogated to ensure that I was not a terrorist?

Otherwise, why confiscate the item in the first place? If such steps aren't taken then I can only conclude that these security measures are nothing more than an effort by the authorities to show us that they're 'doing something' and in fact have no impact whatsoever on the security of a flight.

DR NEIL LOWRIE

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