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 John Woodcock John Woodcock Shadow Minister (Transport) 1:00 pm, 8th March 2012

Let me explain myself and what happened in the airport on the way back from Auschwitz. I had done my knee in and had a metal strap around it. The problem was that that set off security scanners. In that instance, the airport did the right thing, because I was led off and put in a private room to take my trousers down while officials had a good prod around. [ Laughter .] I will not dwell on that for longer than necessary.

My hon. Friend makes a good point, however. Although Warsaw airport did things right and enabled me to do that in privacy, there are still too many examples of airports that do not allow that, which is why I am glad that my hon. Friends have tabled the amendment.