Re: International Flights - Wear Uniform?
Grant O'Neil (poneilgdo@ALPHA2.CURTIN.EDU.AU)
Thu, 8 Aug 1996 00:17:33 +0800
At 14:32 6/08/96 -0400, you wrote:
> Fellow Scouters,
> Several parents of our Scouts have brought up a concern regarding us
> wearing our Class A uniforms while flying to London and from Paris.
> The thought being that our military-like uniforms might attract
> attention for those looking to disrupt, hijack.. a flight.
I'd have to say, wear uniform. I'm not entirely familiar with "class A" "B"
or whatever other uniforms may exist in BSA (here we consider ourselves to
be doing well if parents will buy _one_ uniform <G>), but my initial
response to your concern would be to say that anyone with half a brain
should be able to recognise the difference between a scout and a military
uniform (actually, IMO people who engage in terrorist acts are not generally
so well endowed as to possess half a brain, so perhaps I've defeated my own
> Travelling in Class A's has always produced positive experiences for
> our boys in that we've made many new friends with other scouts and
> former scouts, who would not have approached us had we been in casual
> attire. It is also easy to keep an eye on the boys as well as pick
> them out in a crowd.
Perfect reasons to wear uniform if you ask me. Frankly, in the (probably
unlikely) event of an "average" terrorist incident in-flight, the wearing or
not of scout uniform would probably be rather academic when compared to a
more significant factor. This, of course, being the fact that the majority
of the most radical terrorist groups are not favourably disposed to United
States citizens whether they wear a uniform or not. You're scouts - be proud
to show the world who you are.
Grant O'Neil _r| Ll\
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