Clause 78 - Aviation security directions etc

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:00 pm on 8th March 2012.

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Photo of Julie Hilling Julie Hilling Labour, Bolton West 1:00 pm, 8th March 2012

I am glad that the hon. Gentleman is reassured by all those things. I am not yet reassured. I hope that the Minister will reassure me and colleagues that the proposals will ensure that people are caught and not able to commit atrocities in our skies.

There is an increasing number of complaints from disabled people concerned about how they have been treated at airports, particularly when people with colostomy bags, or other physical attributes, have needed pat-down searches and so on. Again, we must consider how we are going to ensure that disabled people are not discriminated against.

I went on a trip to Auschwitz with my hon. Friend the Member for Barrow and Furness, who was on crutches; he was taken away to be searched because he was on crutches and setting off machines. That demonstrated that somebody with a disability—fortunately, a temporary disability in my hon. Friend’s case—was singled out for different treatment because he was on crutches.