Saturday, January 05, 2008


Daily Mail reported Scores of [British] soldiers flying home from Afghanistan on Christmas leave were ordered to change out of their uniforms on a freezing runway before being allowed into a civilian airport terminal. Troops were told not to be seen in public in their uniforms - which they had worn with pride while risking their lives during months of intense fighting against the Taliban.... One soldier, who was ordered to undress for "security reasons", said: "It is an insult to the entire Army to force guys who've been fighting in Afghanistan to obey some jobsworth rule when all they want to do is get home to their families.... Last night the airport authorities denied responsibility, saying: "We support our Armed Forces and whatever form of dress they choose to wear at our airport."
Apparently not if it is a military uniform.
The MoD eventually confirmed it has a ban on troops wearing uniform in civilian airports, claiming it was because a small number of airlines ban all uniforms on flights for security reasons.
I assume MoD is Minister of Defense, but it really sounds like it should be MaD. Why is a military person traveling in uniform a security risk? Carrying a weapon I might understand. But just wearing a military uniform?????
A spokesman said: "In this case, it appears it was applied a little too rigidly." The policy will now be reviewed.
Good idea. And why not fire the idiot that came uo with it.

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