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You could almost cry!

Some Royal Marines from the crack 3 Commando Brigade were deployed to war on normal civilian airlines, taking their battlefield equipment as hand luggage.

Astonishingly, some heroes had 'dangerous' items, including weapons, nail scissors, lighters and penknives, confiscated by officious airport security staff.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1229995/Leaked-Army-files-Iraq-reveal-appalling-failures-equip-soldiers.html

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Reminds me of a story in "Tip of Spear" about USMC LAR in the first Gulf War. When they deployed to Kuwait they were taken on board a civilian aircraft. In the terminal, each man was issued with live ammunition, only to discover that they had to immediately hand it all back once they got on board!

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We all know there is some truth in this, sadly. I say 'some' as these days the Mail plumbs the gutters of 'journalism' even more frequently than the Sun and everything they print beyond the footie scores is suspect IMHO.

For example, is the journo really suggesting that people should be allowed to carry weapons onto civilian airliners in their hand luggage just because they happen to stroll up wearing camos?! The "officious airport security staff" were just doing their jobs and what would have been 'astonishing' is if they hadn't.

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By Michael Emrys

Seems like though that if the MOD is chartering a plane that is only carrying service personnel, special clearances would be issued. So it would not be a matter of "anybody in camo" boarding a regularly scheduled flight.

If MOD is chartering the whole plane then why do the men have to check in at the regular counter ?

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Seems like though that if the MOD is chartering a plane that is only carrying service personnel, special clearances would be issued. So it would not be a matter of "anybody in camo" boarding a regularly scheduled flight.

Michael

Chartered planes would operate from RAF Brize Norton, so those "officious airport security staff" would have no involvement. I assume this one was a commercial flight.

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