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 thank my hon. Friend, because it is about people being treated differently. That has happened to a number of people, and they have certainly written to me—if not to other members of the Committee—about their having medical evidence to prove they have a colostomy bag, for example. That should mean they are not singled out, treated differently and given a pat-down, or subjected to other searches. If a person has a colostomy bag, they should—[ Interruption. ] The hon. Member for North Herefordshire looks puzzled. I hope he is puzzled by the fact that an airport is treating people in such a way, and not by my talking about it.

All people should be treated with respect and in the right way. It is a question of how people should be treated in the first place, rather than adopting an-outcomes focused, risk-based approach.