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Tom Morton Tom Morton | 15:02 UK time, Thursday, 25 November 2010

One of our topics this week concerned airport security. New so-called 'porn scanners' in the USA reveal travellers' ahem, private parts in all their glory. So companies have started making radiation-proof underwear so that passengers can retain their modesty. Nothing quite as exciting as that for Jason from the Borders...

"About 7 or 8 years ago I was flying through Zaventem (Brussels) Airport on my way home as I did every 4 weeks or so (lucky enough to work 1 week in 4 in Brussels at the time) and I stepped through the metal detecting arch as normal, but abnormally it didn't go off as I passed through....

So I said to the security man "is it broken?" he looked quizically at me so I asked in Flemish... he replied that it was working just fine... produced a lump of highly polished metal that must have weighed about 2lbs and stuck it in the arch... which didn't go off.

Panic ensued whilst they tried to work out how long it had been broken for. Meanwhile I got whisked off to a side room, to be questioned how I knew it wasn't working, the Rijkswacht (the equivalent of the FBI) and asked the same questions & scrutinised my passport closely, asked me about my travelling habits... 45 minutes later I was let out and made my flight with about 30 seconds to spare.

Air travel glamourous? Not at all. It's like an expensive coach trip with more waiting around."

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