Friday 27 April 2018

Pierce risks having to erm, fly another day

Pierce Brosnan had his action hero aspirations firmly squashed this week when he was stopped at security at Burlington airport, Vermont in the US for having a 10-inch hunting knife in his hand luggage. It's hard to imagine what he was planning on doing with it. Perhaps he was thinking of skinning a few villains en-route, or maybe he just wanted to be prepared should any threats to British national security crop up along the way? One can never be too careful.

In any case, having a licence to kill didn't seem to wash with airport staff, who seized his weapon and insisted that he pass through security a second time to ensure that he was entirely unarmed before they would allow him to board the plane.

The real Bond would have taken it in his stride, but Brosnan seemed as rattled as any ordinary passenger. "I can't believe this is happening," he was apparently overheard saying during the kerfuffle, which occurred as he passed through the airport with his 14-year-old son Paris.

People are Talking knows his frustration only too well, having been through a similarly demoralising experience that resulted in forfeiting a bottle of very expensive face cream at security on a Ryanair London to Dublin flight not long ago. It wouldn't happen to 007, perhaps. But it happens to the best of the rest of us, Pierce.

Julia Molony

Sunday Independent

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