Is there really a need for these security checks?

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From Chris Le Cornu.

I RECENTLY travelled to France and back with my car on the Condor ferry – a trip I have made a number of times this year.

I noticed when I checked in at Jersey that all vehicles were subject to a security check consisting of a mirror search under the car, a brief search inside the car, a random X-ray check of one item of baggage and the usual airport-style range of questions like ‘did you pack your bags yourself?’ and ‘have you been asked to carry anything for anyone else?’

The whole procedure was carried out with courtesy and good humour. But for goodness sake – why?

The question becomes more pertinent when one compares Jersey procedures with those at St Malo, where there appear to be no security checks whatsoever. I have never been stopped for a security check in St Malo, whether arriving or departing.

Can someone please tell me the rationale for the rather bizarre procedures we have in Jersey? Because unless someone can, I am forced to the conclusion that we are perhaps overdoing it a bit, and maybe this would be an area where much-needed savings could be made.


Grande Route de la Côte,

St Clement.

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