Passengers face tougher checks in the wake of Bin Laden’s death
of reprisals by terrorists seeking to avenge the death of Osama bin Laden.
out across the UK by ministers, according to Whitehall insiders.
and Birmingham airports following an attempted suicide bomb attack at Detroit
on Christmas Day a year ago.
clothing but have been strongly criticised by civil liberties campaigners as an
invasion of privacy because they reveal ghostly outlines of the most intimate
parts of their body.
liquids on aircraft which were due to expire on April 29. The rules – introduced
across Europe in the wake of the Heathrow bomb plot in 2006 – bar passengers from
carrying liquids on to planes unless they are in individual containers no bigger
less ‘politically correct’ and target the highest risk passengers – based on their
age, origin, background and travel plans – rather than maintain the current ‘blanket
approach’ that treats all passengers as an equal threat.
demanding an urgent and ‘fundamental’ security review following the killing of
the Al Qaeda leader.
for a less politically-correct and ‘one size fits all’ approach to airport security.
– should face tougher airport checks than ‘trusted frequent flyers’ such as airline
pilots, despite official sensitivity about ethnic profiling of potential terrorists.
BA chairman said.
yesterday agreed: ’Resources must be targeted at the greatest threats rather than
the current blanket approach.’
land, sea and air in the wake of bin Laden’s demise.
their security noting: ”We will still have to be vigilant, even more vigilant,
in the coming days about the international terrorist threat.’
on high alert and warned of the heightened possibility for anti-American violence,
will also have a knock-on effect on British travellers.
six UK airports – including 65million from Heathrow – said security levels were
already at an ‘extremely high level’ but would be kept under constant review.
hand luggage is screened by specialised X-ray machines, also face random checks
and ‘unpredictable’ changes – including checks on shoes, computers and mobile
subjecting passengers to airline style security checks and baggage screening.
If they tell us to increase security checks, we will do so. But we cannot discuss
was ‘paramount’ and the security regime for the transport network – including
rail, Underground, roads, ferries and air – combined intelligence and technology:
’This regime is kept under constant review, but for obvious security reasons we
do not comment on the specifics