Sandra Tan, 34, said she complied when security officers asked her to take off her boots for screening on March 9 at Changi Airport’s Budget Terminal.
When her 13-year-old daughter asked why she had to, Tan explained that the officers were ”afraid we might keep bombs in our shoes,” The Straits Times today quoted the mother as saying.
She said a security company employee asked her to repeat what she had said.
Tan replied that she was explaining to her daughter that ”You guys are afraid we will keep bombs in our shoes”.
She was told to step aside. Tan said that a female security officer told her she could be thrown in jail, the report said. Even the sergeant on duty did not accept her explanation that her utterance of the word ”bomb” had been taken out of context.
This totally got to be the single most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. Do the airport security officers have some kind of super-duper secret bullshit bomb detector no one knows about?
Security: “Excuse me madam, can you repeat what you just said?”
Lady: “Ya sure, I was explaining to my daughter that you guys are afraid we will keep bomb in our shoes…”
Security: “OMFG! You just said the word ‘bomb’ the second time! You must be a suicidal terrorist despite the fact that you’re with your 13 year old daughter and the last word any terrorist would say at the airport is ‘bomb’!”
On the other hand, it could all be the mother’s fault.
Daughter: “Mommy, how come we need to take off our boots ah?”
Lady: “Sweetcakes, this has absolutely nothing to do with the 4 letter B-word. The security uncle and auntie just want to check whether did we washed our feet and cut our toe nails, that’s all!”
I heard somewhere that the entire interrogation process took about 4 hours! Singapore Changi Airport security officers actually took 4 hours to figure out the fact that Sandra Tan and her family aren’t terrorists.