Dear Sir,

RE: AIRPORT SECURITY
ON Sunday morning we took our son for his return flight to the UK. When we went to the 4th floor for him to pass through the security check, we noticed a holdall lying next to the containers for bottles at the entrance to the zone. We watched for a few minutes as there were several people standing around, but nobody came to pick up the bag. We went to a Trablisa security guard nearby and told him about the bag. He immediately went inside and then spoke on his radio or telephone after speaking to a Guardia Civil.

There was suddenly quite a bit of movement inside the security zone, but - wonder of wonders - it was shift change time! We watched (from a distance) for at least 15 minutes when eventually a National police woman and man appeared on the scene. The man immediately squatted down, unzipped the bag and then carried it to one of the scanners where, thankfully, it passed through without further ado.

No doubt some forgetful passenger was relieved to be reunited with his property, but we were absolutely amazed at the nonchalance with which the situation was dealt with. There were a lot of people sitting at the (very) nearby cafe, not to mention the passengers passing through security. After the dreadful happenings in Palma Nova, the recent flight scares and your articles about even more security precautions at all airports, we at least expected the Guardia Civil to come and immediately cordon off the area. I am extremely relieved that it was an innocent piece of luggage but it equally might not have been.

Regards, Gill Smart Ca´n Pastilla

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