Location: Out of the sand pit, carving a path through our jungle.
Another Eco-Warrior ******* at Heathrow?
It seems that yet another pillock has breached security at Heathrow and even managed to 'run across a runway in front of an aircraft'. They've carried out a controlled explosion, unfortunately just his bag and not him!!!
Does this bode well for the opening of T5 tomorrow?
(It seems that the full spelling of part of the title is verboten).
It has been reported that the swift response by the Police is attributable to them being involved in a 'security exercise' in advance of tomorrow's opening by HM the Queen. That the intruder escaped with his life (or at least without gunshot injuries to his legs) says things to future would-be intruders). It would be interesting to know what ROE are for the (armed) Police at Heathrow. What's the point of carrying Heckler and Koch SMGs if they don't have access to live rounds and the ability to use them? Do they need a case conference before proceeding? Or is it merely that these weapons are not effective over long distances? I cannot imagine that the intruder responded to calls to 'stop'.
From my point of view, the intrusion is a breach of security which could have had potentially lethal consequences. I realise that any breach of security (ie non-authorised persons getting airside - or even an authorised but malevolent person), but my point was more to the fact that the Police used less than lethal force in what might have been seen as circumstances to 'justify' it (although perhaps praise is due to the officers in keeping cool heads and responding accordingly?).
On hearing the news my first question was why wasn't he shot? Why do we continue to piss about in this country with our so called security? I don't care if he is an eco warrior - shoot the sod! It would certainly act as a deterrent to others considering similar stunts. Seeing as he is alive perhaps he should have the tab for the cost of the operation and the subsequent delays caused to the airlines and slf!
Arrest him: Paperwork for the sarge down the nick.
Shoot him: Rabid press calling for "Police thug" blood, HSE gets involved, long inquests wasting time and money, Gordum expressing remorse ( crocadile type ) etc. Can see why they didnt shoot him! To quote a great man "Release the hounds!"