Wondering what you think might have been the purpose for some airport security we recently experienced.
We flew back from Costa Rico to Chicago. We went through the initial security screening. Then, at the gate, a series of Costa Rican security individuals set up tables between the boarding pass check and the jetway. After we submitted our boarding passes to the gate agent, these persons checked everyone’s carry on bags.
These people were not armed, but at least at one point there was one armed individual who seemed to be associated with them. They were wearing some “uniform appearing” light blue shirt over dark blue pants. I did not see their insignia, but they were wearing flourescent vests with a logo on the back with “K-9” in the center. No dogs were present.
I guess I can imagine they were looking for contraband - maybe currency, drugs, I don’t know what else. But what i thought curious was that they made everyone discard any drinks. I had a disposable water bottle that I had filled from the fountain after the initial security - they made me pour it out. Another guy was really pissed - he had bought a smoothie and 2 sealed juices after security - which he had to toss.
I’m not at all a fan of so much of what I consider to be “security theater” that takes place at airports, but I am unfamiliar with international travel. Not that security personnel feel any obligation to provide any semi-rational justifications for their actions, but what do you suppose might be any reasons for making me empty a bottle of water, or making the other traveller toss something he had just bought from a vendor past security?
(Figured this might well be the better forum than GQ)