Aviation: Liquid Ban

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:03 pm on 29th October 2007.

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Photo of Baroness Ludford Baroness Ludford Liberal Democrat 3:03 pm, 29th October 2007

My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. No one doubts the need for a high level of aviation security. Does the Minister agree with his colleague, the Danish transport Minister, who has called for a,

"thorough evaluation, review and risk analysis of the current aviation security measures ... so that [they] can be designed and implemented in a balanced and efficient way"?

The measures, which are secret and are not published—both the liquid ban and that on hand luggage—cause considerable inconvenience. Would it not be better if there was a review that was shared with parliamentary representatives, rather than us being asked to take on trust that they are the only way to properly ensure passenger safety? Might there not be other measures that are more proportionate and at least as effective?

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Michael Whelan
Posted on 7 Nov 2007 12:23 pm (Report this annotation)

My wife was recently put under considerable stress and almost missed her flight because she had to wait for a 'specialist' to check a sealed bottle of infant milk. When the 'specialist' finally arrived, he asked my wife to open the sealed bottle of milk and take a sip. This was deemed sufficient proof that the liquid was safe. My wife was left with no time to visit the toilet before her flight and had to urinate into her clothing as she ran to the boarding gate. If the liquid was a bomb, then my wife would have been a suicide bomber. The fatal effect of drinking this substance would be irrelevant as she would have died in the bomb blast anyway. I believe that this security measure is just an inconvenience to innocent passengers and a victory for the culture of fear and disruption that the terrorists are trying to create.