Clear bags 'to ease Tube fears'
BBC | August 23 2005
Orwell tuns in his grave. 'Freedom Bags' - the freedom for everyone else to see your business. I'm not a terrorist Mr. Armed Policeman! Please let me through! Grovel, grovel. A long time ago, the British used to have a backbone. This is like when they made you take clear pencil cases into exams in case you cheated, that's what the government sees us all as now, naughty little children.
A range of see-through rucksacks and cases have been launched for Tube users in an attempt to reduce fear in the wake of the London bomb attacks.
The Freedom Bags, which are made out of clear vinyl, are being sold on the internet by the Assist Safety Project, a private, non-profit organisation.
The company hopes that seeing the bag's contents will assure commuters that it does not contain explosives.
It plans to donate any profits made to the London Bombings Relief Fund.
Bob Fitzjohn, director of the Assist Safety Project, said the company wants to give the public back the confidence needed to travel on the London Underground again.
"If we all carry a bag that poses no threat whilst travelling on public transport, visiting a football or rugby match or just in a department store, we are giving the message that we are prepared to let others know that we're not a threat," he said.
"Sometimes the perception of danger can be more frightening than the danger itself."