Fear is Fair? Air Traffic Control of Barbados strain at gnat and swallow a veil: Cameras are questioned while Hijabs are allowed – Plus ATC’s Elevator is not working!
Facebook is an important tool which may supplant newspapers, advertising and even blogs not long from now… FB for Barbados has more leakages than Watergate, Bob Woodward, Julian Assange or Wiki-Leaks put together! Many crimes the Police pursue here have names of suspects alerted on the social forum faster than the newspapers or online editions – most times they have a detail missing so for my part, I avoid using the info unless I can get Direct confirmation from Police.
I say that as I received an invitation to check the Air Traffic Control tower via FB, and I was glad for an opportunity to access an area seldom seen. I also brought along my trusty camera… this was an issue? For me an Open Day indicates the public is coming, snapping pics and in your face asking either dumb or sharp questions – whether you wish to hear or not. Such were my days at CBC, yet a Supervisor at GAIA’s Tower was telling me CBC is different – but I reminded her both are part of Government and both deal with the public… No response!
I was in a small group of seven and we could not see the Tower immediately, as another group was already upstairs… So we learned about Instrument Charts; how planes are kept 1,000 miles apart ideally for traffic lanes; how Trinidad’s Piarco has largest air-space in Caribbean as they have oldest aviation history – but no Radar unlike Barbados whose air-space is only up to 24,500 feet, etc.
We finally get to go into the Tower and to shocks awaited us… First, no elevator, we had to walk what seemed like seven flights of steps – even skinny staff from American Airlines were out of breath by the time they reached the actual Tower’s station! The only warning we had was a paper sign taped up saying “ELEVATOR U/S” which translates as ‘Elevator Under Service‘ and no indication when it will be back to normal.
The group which kept us waiting was of Middle Eastern descent; I have said it before and will state again if the Islamic community have good deeds then please send me the photos and releases, I will make sure to carry them – I see Barbados Today recently had an item which means they’re probably now on a Watchdog list from the Barbados Free Press? LOL! Seriously, the group which delayed our sightseeing the Tower was Islamic, but not just any gathering… There were two children and one infant, a single male with skullcap, glasses, beard, long-shirt and other usual accoutrements – plus four alleged females, I phrase it this way since under a covering it could be anyone?
I was so shocked at the gathering of veils I forgot to snap the people leaving the Tower, but I had six other witnesses who also went very quiet when they saw the team.
Two were full burqas, and I mean even the dark gauze, so you cannot make out the eyes! The veils only had slits at waist-level for a hand to slip out and grab or dispense items as required, but anything can happen under those outfits! A camera can be snapping at crucial areas even I may ignore, or this type of clothing can disguise a weapon which can be held for delayed usage – were they inspected by a female Officer? Yet complaints were made about my camera which I had in the open?