Which International Airports Have Good Security – Bad Kuala Lumpur
This is more of a random article.
This last year I’ve done quite a bit of traveling within Asia and the United States. So I decided to do an “Airport Security Test” and see which airport security was effective, and which ones were not.
(What prompted this was the missing Malaysian flight. Since I fly within Asia A LOT, I was really curious to see where paranoia ends and concern should begin.)
I wasn’t smuggling anything illegal. When they scan bags my carry-on bags for weapons and bottles of liquids, I “accidentally” had a large bottle of open water in my backpack. (This liquid could have been anything. )
In additional to that, I have a computer microphone which always causes my backpack to be searched in the United States and most international airports due to the size and shape.
If I was caught, I apologized and threw away the bottle of water. If I was not caught, I become a little more concerned about that airport’s safety.
Let’s see how a few airports stacked up…
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia International Airport (KUL) = FAIL
The airport that is under the world’s scrutiny has failed this test in style. I passed through with my bottle of water no problem. Nor did they search my backpack for the microphone.
(This was pretty eye opening and concerning.)
Bangkok Thailand International Airport (BKK) = Pass
Security caught my open bottle of water. They searched my backpack and did a pat down. Well done BKK.
Bali Indonesia (Ngurah Rai Airport) = Half Fail
Caught my bottle of water. Did not search my bag for the microphone.
Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam (Domestic) = Half Fail
Did not catch my bottle of open water. Did search my bag for the microphone.
Hanoi Vietnam International Airport (HAN) = FAIL
Did not catch my open bottle of water. Did not search my bag for the microphone. If fact, the security was operated by 3 bored women who only seemed half awake. I even saw the eyes close for a few seconds of the woman who was looking at the screen while my bag was being X-rayed.
I’m not shitting you, and it was only 5pm. My flight was stopping in Asia and then going directly to London.
Well done Hanoi Vietnam!
Los Angeles (LAX) = Pass
TSA agents may be assholes, but at least they can do their job. Every time I fly international from the United States, my open bottle of water is caught and my microphone is always searched. (I should really start putting that microphone in my checked baggage.)
1- Fuck you Kuala Lumpur International Airport! You are a Muslim country that offers international flights to the United States and have shit airport security.
2- Fuck you Hanoi Vietnam Airport!
Posted on Gods of Thailand July 12, 2014 in Random