Make Certain You Arrive at Docking Bay 94 at Least Two Hours Early

"We'll leave as soon as you're ready. Docking bay 94."

- Han Solo

"To ensure you make it to your gate in time, please plan to arrive at least 2 hours before your flight."


It occurs to me that the Evil Galactic Empire isn't too horrible when it comes to port security. Though when one things about it, in the United States airline security was very minimal until the 1970s, which brought metal detectors into use. Again in the 1980s security increased with the Lockerbie bombings, requiring that the only baggage that could be checked in was baggage that accompanied a passenger.

Between playing Star Wars, Call of Cthulhu game set during Prohibition, and setting up Port Henry for our superhero game (with its international airport and harbor) there's been cause for consideration about spaceport/seaport/airport security. I noticed it is most prevalent with Star Wars, largely because our heroes are doing things the Evil Galactic Empire doesn't want them doing.

With Port Henry we've already had an incident of an Evil Commie Spy trying to explode a nuclear reactor (stopped by Our Heroes). Though in this case port security was not an item of concern, I can see in the future supervillains shipping in parts for their vile inventions. Even today, securing ports is a challenge - back in the 1950s I could see an entire supervillain lair being put in shipping containers. And fighting baddies at the docks definitely seems a superhero sort of thing to do...

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