Bass Guitarist = Terrorist?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Kelvin, Sep 18, 2001.

  1. Kelvin


    Apr 30, 2000
    This just in from Singapore's daily, the Straits Times.


    The accidental 'terrorist'
    TWO Indian nationals - detained at Changi Airport after a passenger thought he heard one of them say they were terrorists - have been released, police said yesterday.

    The mix-up occurred because the American passenger, who alerted security guards on Saturday, confused 'bass guitarist' for 'Bosnian terrorist', according to wire reports citing sources.

    One of the Indian men had struck up a conversation with the American passenger in the airport lounge and said he was a bass guitarist.

    After the Indian men boarded the plane, the American approached security guards and said the two men claimed to be 'Bosnian terrorists', said the reports.

    The men were detained before Singapore Airlines Flight SQ 860 left for Hongkong.

    Police said yesterday that they had been allowed to continue with their journey.

    SIA has been hit by at least three security scares in the last week, the latest resulting in a flight from Frankfurt being forced to return to the airport on Sunday.
  2. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    LOL! :)

    That is one of the funniest news stories I have heard for a while. It actually reflects how tense airports are at the moment.
  3. Dang...
    Now I gotta be on the lookout for an Indian bassist around here.
    I wonder if I could call SQ & ask 'em where all their passengers are staying...

    "Excuse me sir, but I read about the 'bass guitarist/bosnian terrorist' mishap you had at the airport.
    I'd just like to say that I'm a bass guitarist as well, and found the story extremely amusing."

  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    That is extremely amusing for us, but I'll bet that it wasn't for the Bosnian terrorists!:eek:
  5. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Well I think it shows extreme stupidity on the part of several people! Like a real terrorist is going to go round to people in airport lounges saying that they are a terrorist? :rolleyes: Or even say it as a joke in the current circumstances?
  6. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Woodland Hills, CA
    In the US it is against the law to even joke about that in the airport. You will be arrested and put in jail. This is true, even before the terrorist act. I imagine airports around the globe have similar measures in place.
  7. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Well it would be the same in the UK - I've seen it happen and that's why I said it - nobody is going to be saying they are a terrorist in the current circumstances - so why did anybody take it seriously at all? If you are going to spend time investigating every misheard conversation, then the real terrorists will probably have time to slip by unnoticed! :rolleyes:
  8. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Deny everything!!!
  9. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Elderly guy with hearing aid at aiprort:
    "That guy over there said - put the letters with bomb - arrest him now, he's a terrorist!" No, no, he's at the Burger King outlet and he said put the lettuce in the bun!

    I think this highlights the need for calm heads.
  10. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Woodland Hills, CA
    I disagree. How would you feel if in fear of over-reacting, you said nothing and they really did hijack a plane. I think, for a while, it's better to err on the side of caution.
  11. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    There was a post on Usenet (maybe alt.guitar.bass0 from some poor soul who tried to board a plane with his bass the other day.

    He was turned back at the security check and then police followed and questioned him because they wanted to know why he didn't just check his gig bag and board anyway!!!

    Apparently he was detained for five hours because he made the mistake of telling them he was going to rent a private plane (he had a valid private pilot's license) to complete his trip.

    Time to Go Greyhound :(
  12. Kelvin


    Apr 30, 2000
    I see my post has sparked a little debate.

    I've had to open my bass case once at LAX and allow customs to take a peek at the control cavity of my Warwick. Guess someone's attempted to smuggle something in there once.

    Anyway, ppl here are still pretty jumpy so I'm admittedly not too surprised that this happened.
  13. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Woodland Hills, CA
    I say it's no big deal to cooperate. Last thing I want is some dude with a guitar case pulling a shotgun out of the case and taking over the plane I am in. I would rather them search everyone, even if that inconveniences me a little bit.
  14. phogchris


    May 27, 2000
    Boca Raton, FL
    Its highly unlikely that someone would be able to put a shotgun in a guitar case and board a plane...I think the metal detector and/or xray machine would pick up on a shotgun!!

  15. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Woodland Hills, CA
    Yeah... that's true. I was just being dramatic. But, still I say cooperate. :)
  16. phogchris


    May 27, 2000
    Boca Raton, FL
    I should of added that I got where you were going with it...

  17. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    True - all terrorists will not consider themselves to be terrorists in the first place - they see themselves more as freedom fighters, martyrs, soldiers of God, rebels etc.
  18. In Canada if you so much as say the word bomb, in an airport, all your belongings are searched and so is the plane you are scheduled to board. This happened to a hockey player a few years ago.
  19. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    They don't like bomb jokes.

    But what about bomb riddles? Or bomb puzzles? Or bomb ancedotes. You know, no point, just a cute story involving a bomb?

    Sorry...George Carlin bit...
  20. 5 or 6 years ago I was at a provincial airport in the UK waiting to collect a friend who was flying in.

    There were a couple of young guys putting their luggage onto a conveyor belt which I presume was going out to the plane. Next to the belt was a security guard, and next to him was a large sign warning of the dire consiquences of making jokes about bombs in luggage.

    One of the guys made that joke.

    All hell broke loose. Sirens and bells wailed out whilst the guard gave these guys the mother of all verbal lashings. Jees. It was like a nightmare.

    No. Airports don't like that sort of thing. Who can blame them?