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Real Security or Just Optics?

EGYPT | Sunday, 12 August 2007 | Views [630]

There's something to be said for feeling safer in countries that have seen their share of security breaches and terrorist attacks.  Looking around the streets of Egypt, in any city, there are regular police, undercover police and tourist police all over, all carrying big guns.  There are security checkpoints at an annoyingly frequent rate along highways, and traveling with tourist groups overland requires a security escort with special guard vehicles.  To enter hotels and other establishments frequented by tourists, we must go through the same "airport security" metal detector and in some cases bag scan.  Awareness is certainly at heightened levels here, it's like being at an airport in the US just after there's been a terror alert or bomb threat... Heavy surveillance and security checks make us feel safe - as if the security measures will actually work and protect us.
Our experience, however, at the airports in Egypt, cause us to question whether airport security exists just for optics.  They don't even ask us for ID as we check in for our internal Egypt flights.  In fact, no one even confirms our identity and we board the plane, no hassles, no questions, no second looks.  We can take all the liquids we want in our carryon bags.  So our question remains... Are the security measures more "optic," to create a sense of safety, or are they really effective and truly keeping us safe?  So far we've run into no problems and feel very safe and welcome here in Egypt... So whether they're just for looks or not, they're doing the trick for us.

Tags: Sightseeing


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