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Examination of Witnesses

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 21st February 2012.

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Gaynor McLaughlin: As I said earlier, if the cost of doing it right outweighs the cost of doing it wrong, there is very little incentive. We need to get that equation right. Any sanction needs to make the operator put in more effort, but it should not punish the consumer. Adding extra security measures because somebody has done something wrong punishes the consumer as well. If an operator is required to pay a penalty by having more security, searching more people or searching people to a higher level, that punishes the consumer. Consideration could be given to sanctions developing more quality assurance, so that the operator has to provide more evidence, has to provide evidence more frequently, or has to provide evidence of compliance—not necessarily a financial, monetary sanction.