FRIDAY MORNING EDITORIAL — There will be more security soon at major Canadian airports. Transport Canada announced this week it will tighten up on checks of electronic devices.
South of the border, they’re worried the bad guys are planning another wave of airport terrorism with hard-to-detect explosives. So, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration has asked some out-of-country airports to ramp up screening of passengers traveling on direct flights to the U.S.
How that will change connecting airports isn’t clear but it seems bound to trickle down through the whole system.
The change means more attention will be paid to cell phones and other electronic toys to make sure they actually work and aren’t just shells hiding bomb materials.
Al-Qaida, apparently, is working on better bombs that can be more easily hidden in shoes, electronics or cosmetics.
So, there’s no fooling around. Anything that looks at all suspicious will be cause for emergency measures.
It seems airports are becoming less and less friendly. Remember the days there was no security at all? Not many people can, but it happened. Now, airports are mirthless places where you can’t even make a joke about tightened security lest you sound like a terrorist.
It’s too bad, really, but it’s better than the alternative.