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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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Photo of Nigel Mills Nigel Mills Conservative, Amber Valley 12:00 pm, 21st February 2012

I am quite attracted by this process-based security checking, rather than checking for holes in fences, as you put it. If you move to that, how do you handle the risk of having a huge queue and airlines moaning that passengers are delayed, and thinking, “Well, we’ll just let a few go through without the random checks and we will stop making them taking their belts and shoes off”? Do you not risk having a process in place that looks perfect on paper, but in practice, under pressure, is overlooked? That is quite hard to check on a process base, rather than a spot check.