Examination of Witnesses

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:28 pm on 23rd February 2012.

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Jim McAuslan: It is happening because they feel that they are not being treated with the responsibility that they believe they carry: 85% believe that the airport does not take notice of who they are, that it does not listen to them, and only 28% trust airports to make sensible decisions about security.

I do not know how Members of Parliament arrive at security. You have a pass, which acknowledges that you are a trusted person who can navigate without any undue queue. It is not the same with pilots. Even though they have a pass and are about to be put in charge an aircraft, they are, nevertheless, made to do exactly the same as a passenger. Nail clippers are taken off them even though they will sit on the flight deck with a crash axe next to them. The whole atmosphere is of pilots feeling that they are not trusted to make decisions, so they do not feel that they are respected. I am sorry—what was the first part of your question?