Security varies from one airport to the next as well as country to country. In the Bangalore airport women go thru a separate security screening behind a curtain, but our belongings are in one general x-ray screening area. What exactly happens behind the curtain? The area is about the size of a small department store dressing room. There is a platform where the traveler stands & a small table for the security personnel. As I stand on the platform in the usual position with feet & hands apart, she checks a sheet of names & verifies that I’m not on the list. I am wanded over & have to pull up my pants leg as well to be sure nothing is hiding at my ankles. Finally I’m released to gather my belongings.
As I am waiting for my flight I notice the airport is very open. Some birds have flown in & are making themselves comfortably at home in the drinking fountain as if it is their person bird bath. Although one does not usually leave their bags unattended, I saw quite a bit of it happening in this airport. People would leave their luggage alone in a given spot & return after grabbing food, drink, etc. It was a bit puzzling as I would not leave my bags when traveling alone as they may not be there when I return.
Finally it was time to board the plane. As I am boarding the guard asks to see what is in my duty free bag. He looks in the bag & scolds me for not having the receipt visible in the bag; I had the receipt in my pocket so that I wouldn’t lose it. I put the receipt back in my pocket & proceed forward in the line. Again I get stopped by the second guard less than 20ft away & we repeat the scenario of looking in my bag & getting scolded for the receipt. Huh?!? Guess he did not hear the other guard tell me the exact same thing.
Once I arrived in Dubai, I observed the passport control operations. Interesting, this country takes safety & security very seriously. Each person’s photo is taken and depending on the country of origin an eye scan may be done as well.