Exporting U.S. Airport Security Tactics to South Korea?

An unsettling and disturbing occurence happened to me this week while going through the pre-flight security check at the Gimhae- Busan airport in South Korea: I was singled out from among predominately Asian passengers for a more thorough check. When I asked why I was being asked to "come with me," I was told it was because I had not taken off my belt or my shoes.

However, no one else had taken off their belts or shoes either. I was sure of that because I was checking others in front of me before I got in the line for the baggage check x-ray machine. Unlike in the police state and paranoid United States, in most Asian airports, removing your belt or shoes is not required. After all, it is only in the US do we have the so-called "shoe bomber" and the infamous "underwear bomber."

Being an Amerian citizen who has traveled extensively in Asia,and who very recently returned to the US after an absence of over a decade, I am acutely aware of the contrast between the draconian measures US passengers are subjected to, for, in my opinion, purely intimidation and control reasons, as compared to Asian countries, who have not yet adopted these police state attitudes towards their citizens.

I say not yet, but that may be changing. Keep reading.

Once the male security person gathered my carry-on bag, he directed me to another room, which he and I gained access to through a coded security lock. In this room, immediately to my right, was a full body x-ray scanner - which of course, being in this room, was hidden from public view. This machine was similar to the scanning machine I was subjected to while in the Los Angeles International Airport just a few short months ago.

When I objected to the full body scan, and kept asking, "Why are you doing this to me?" my question was ignored (my guess is I was supposed to accept the idea that it was because I had not taken off my belt and shoes) and I was then directed to yet another room within that first room, access which was again gained by opening a combination coded security lock. The security guard,  who I now noticed was wearing rubber gloves, was joined by another security guard. I was told I was going to be given a "pat down." Again, and quite strenuously, I asked, "why are you doing this to me." To me, in contrast to
the hundreds of Asians I had just been separated from? He didn't answer my question, and proceeded to carry out his "pat down." He ran his hands across my upper body and down my legs. I was waiting to see if he was going to  "touch my junk" too.
He didn't. In fact, he did not even get close. My guess is because Koreans have not yet adopted agressiveness towards foreigners, this security agent did not feel comfortable getting too close to my "junk."

When he was finished, (he didn't find anything by the way) I again said "why are you doing this?" When neither of these two Koreans answered, I said, "Please, do not become like America. There is no reason for you to be doing this. Don't become
like the United States." I am not an agressive person by any stretch - so I left it at that. I did have a plane to catch, which is the main advantage these security goons have over you in these situations.

I then was "allowed" to take my luggage and leave the locked room hidden from public view.

As I reflected on what had just happened to me for the very first time during my eleven years in Asia, I could not help but ask several questions:

Is the U.S. police state tactics now being adopted by the South Korean government? The U.S. afterall, has been a great influence in South Korea due to it's "benign" big brother defense of South Korea since the early 1950s, almost 60 years now.

Is the South Korean government under some kind of pressure from the US to adopt these same draconian airport measures?

If this full body scan and or personal pat down going to be common place outside of the US?

Was I singled out for this "special treatment" just because I was non-Asian? Because I was American?

Why is this full body scanner hidden from public view?

Let's get real here: the US TSA thugs have never actually caught any potential "terrorists" have they? All the alleged bombers have all been exposed under very suspicious circumstances, most of which seem to show some "insider" involvement.

When coupled with the fact that the Official Story of 9/11 is nothing more than an adult fairy tale, the conclusion I come to from all of this, is that these "enhanced security measures," which are being implemented to "keep us safe" are nothing more than methods put in use to initimidate and control us.

Are these intimidation and control measures now being exported worldwide?

 

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