With the news that an explosion at a pop concert in Manchester, UK has killed reportedly 19 people, with the audience being mostly children, teenagers and parents, you have to wonder, how did the apparatus for this get through? Now I’m not saying anything about this because I have no idea what the cause of the explosion, the means etc etc, what I am saying is this could happen here in Australia and if it does, given the lax security at our sporting arenas, it is only a matter of time.
If you go to the MCG the security believes you when you say you have no glass or anything flammable in your bag. Then you are body scanned with a handheld scanner. I know that there are people who have brought in alcohol in glass bottles and have got through. Given the sophistication of the means to make a bomb, more has to be done to ensure the safety of supporters.
Soccer fans are checked for flares, yet still some get through. If security of the patrons at stadiums is paramount, then how are the flares getting through? Security at the MCG focuses more on what the crowd are saying during a match than what patrons are actually capable of bringing into a match!
Etihad Stadium while a tad better in their security of what comes into the ground, they actually look inside the bag, are still lacking real physical scanning to see what someone has on their body that could be brought in. Yet I would have to say, that the security staff at Etihad are more supporter friendly than those at the MCG and understand the role of the supporter.
At the tennis this past summer, security actually checked inside bags, but again, no body scanners. Will concert patrons have to undergo body scanners now? Will sports patrons have to undergo scanners as well? I say, yes, but the stadiums need to also allow patrons to be let in earlier to allow for sporting matches which attracts a lot of supporters, as well as concerts that are sold out.
It is scary that anyone really in Australia can walk in to a match, concert with either prohibited items, including those that are explosives and cause unnecessary carnage. We live in a world that there are those out there that want to affect our Australian way of life, so we don’t have to go through what is happening around the world, we need to be pro-active and not re-active.
I know that there are times when nothing can be done, but at least we have to try. I cannot imagine what citizens of the UK are going through today and those lives lost because of radicalism in an arena that should be just celebrating the end of what was a great time at a concert. I don’t want this to happen here. Security must concentrate on keeping its patrons safe to the best of their ability and that starts before patrons enter the stadium.