We all know that there’s quite a paranoia about air travel safety, especially since 9/11. Some of the new measures introduced after that horrible incident make a lot of sense but others feel like theater, moreover if the security staff don’t take it seriously enough.
Last time I flew to Athens, I was stopped and asked to open my laptop after my luggage went through the security scan. It wasn’t a surprise to me because that happened to me in the past in other airports. The idea is to make you turn on your laptop, to see if it’s a real computer that works or a bunch of circuits that someone is trying to sneak through security for some, possibly, not-so-good reasons.
However, in this case, it seems that the security staff just wanted to see how pretty my keyboard was because not only he didn’t even ask me to turn the laptop on, but he didn’t even care to check the screen or anything at all. He just asked me to open it and that’s it. With staff like that, one wonders how many things happen to pass the security checks that shouldn’t do it at all.