The chairman of British Airways has said some “completely redundant” airport security checks should be scrapped and the UK should stop “kowtowing” to US security demands.
Practices such as forcing passengers to take off their shoes should be abandoned, Martin Broughton said. And he questioned why laptop computers needed to be screened separately.
He also criticised the US for imposing increased checks on US-bound flights but not on its own domestic services.
The US stepped up security in January in the wake of an alleged bomb plot. It introduced tougher screening rules, including body pat-down searches and carry-on baggage checks, for passengers arriving from 14 nations which the authorities deem to be a security risk. Passengers from any foreign country may also be checked at random…
“America does not do internally a lot of the things they demand that we do,” he was quoted as saying in the FT. “We shouldn’t stand for that.”
“We should say, ‘we’ll only do things which we consider to be essential and that you Americans also consider essential’.”
Heavens to Murgatroyd. A British businessman standing up to the United States?
What will we confront next? Ordinary Americans refusing to be bullied by incompetent work-release dunderheads one step above mall cops?