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Letter: I was extorted at Terminal 3

  /   Mon, November 9 2009   /  03:20 pm

On Oct. 29, a friend and I arrived at Terminal 3 of the Soekarno-Hatta airport to board a domestic flight to Bali. After our suitcase had been scanned we were asked to open it by a security guard. Inside the suitcase was a bottle of gin, which had previously been opened at home. It was as safe and secure as the bottle of mouthwash, which we had previously opened and was also packed in our suitcase. We were told we could not take the gin with us because it was prohibited. We asked why because alcohol was not listed on the very public notice at the security check illustrating what were prohibited substances and goods. I have traveled around the world and on many domestic flights and often had alcohol in unopened and half full bottles in my luggage and never before told that it was prohibited. The security guard went and consulted another security guard who came and like...