For security and surveillance purposes, high tech cameras and CCTVs (closed-circuit television) are installed in public places like malls, train stations, and airports. These devices help monitor the place and the people and also detect any unusual movements. However, there are still incidents that occur despite the installation of security cameras, and a young teen discovered why by going undercover.
Josh Gardner, a 19-year old apprentice at the BBC Radio Leeds, has always been cautious about the reliability of security in airports. After 9/11, he became more concerned of the safety of the people and passengers, especially those who have physical disabilities. And indeed, Josh found out that there are still loopholes in airlines security, despite the precautions. How? Well, he went undercover and installed secret cameras on his wheelchair.
The young lad carried out his plan when he took a return flight from Leeds-Bradford Airport. His wheelchair was already installed with secret cameras to record everything as he entered the airport.
Surprised and disappointed, Josh discovered that the security team was not that strict or stern when it came to passengers with wheelchairs. Josh’s wheelchai 234f r was not checked thoroughly enough, not the pockets at the back, or any part of the chair that could possibly contain or carry something that is illegal or dangerous.
With such leniency, any prohibited item could be easily taken to the plane without being detected. In fact, Josh was able to smuggle (with ease) a wheelchair tool kit and a bottle of water.
According to the 19-year old, the examination done by the security team was not that meticulous and comprehensive, unlike other airports he had gone to across Europe. It was quite alarming and worrying. What if terrorists might be able to take note of such easy-going security check on wheelchair-bound passengers? The safety of everyone could be compromised.
In response to Josh’s reports, Leeds-Bradford Airport stated that they already complied with all the requirements relevant or necessary for security. In fact, wheelchairs are swabbed and examined for explosives, according to the airline. And about Mr. Gardner’s wheelchair toolkit, the airport admin stated that it was a permitted item according to their regulations, so having it on board was not an issue.
Still, Josh’s idea of going undercover was quite a brave feat. And his discovery of a less-than-thorough security check on wheelchairs is something people dealing with national security should deeply consider in order to prevent the worst.